Friday, March 17, 2017
White House Apologizes to Britain for Wiretapping Allegations
The White House has apologized to Britain and promised it will no longer repeat conspiracy theories about British intelligence working against President Trump.
During Thursday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer read through a litany of news stories that he argued gave credence to President Trump’s accusation that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.
The stories referenced included remarks made by Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano and reported here that suggested Obama could have used a foreign intelligence service to avoid a paper trail — and that, if he did, he “more likely than not” used the British intelligence agency GCHQ to conduct that supposed surveillance.
The GCHQ, like U.S. intelligence agencies, rarely comments on its own activities, but in this case, it responded that such allegations are “utterly ridiculous” and “should be ignored.”
U.S. National Security Adviser General H. R. McMaster personally apologized for the claims and gave Britain assurances the White House would not repeat the claims again, according to The Telegraph.
(via Think Progress)
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