Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Republican says Trump should apologize to Obama

Republican says Trump should apologize to Obama

Late on Thursday, a spokesman for GCHQ said: "Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct "wiretapping" against the then-president elect are nonsense".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday quoted Napolitano's comments about GCHQ during a testy briefing with reporters.

"You shouldn't be talking to me", Trump added. "He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency ... he used GCHQ, '" Spicer had said.

GCHQ said the claim was "nonsense" and should be ignored. "They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", the spokesperson said.

The department had requested an extension earlier this week to respond to congressional inquiries following President Donald Trump's unproven Twitter claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had wiretapped Trump during the campaign.

"Hey, they're the ones who said it", Tapper, mocking Trump, said.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Separately, the Justice Department was expected to respond later Friday to questions from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC and Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

United Kingdom intelligence agencies work closely with their USA counterparts, as well as those in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as part of the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing agreement.

Claims by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden led to questions over GCHQ's relationship with the NSA.

Stephen Miller, Trump's White House policy adviser and the architect of the immigration and refugee policy, was cited as saying that the revised order was "still going to have the same basic policy outcome" as the first directive. He has offered no evidence to support his comments and has since said he was taking his cues from news reporters about intelligence agencies having intercepts of his associates' communications with Russian Federation.

The White House has promised allegations that GCHQ spied on Donald Trump will "not be repeated", according to the Prime Minister's official spokesman. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" he tweeted.

Spicer engaged in a heated discussion with reporters on Thursday about Trump's wiretap claims - which Trump had appeared to walk back during an interview on Fox News the night before.

Sharing the dais with Merkel, Trump said he and the German leader probably shared something when it came to the previous Obama Administration. He suggested the USA president's assertion, made in a series of March 4 tweets, should not be taken at face value.

"(I) probably wouldn't be here right now, but very seldom.

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