The Trump administration caused yet another international incident on Thursday when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer falsely accused the British government of spying on The Donald for Obama — and it was so bad, so unfounded that the White House issued a rare apology for the false claims.
Pointing to allegations leveled by Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano, Spicer said at his press conference:
Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, ‘Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command (to spy on Trump). He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA … he used GCHQ.'”
The GCHQ called the “utterly ridiculous” allegations “nonsense” that “should be ignored.” According to BBC security analyst Gordon Corera, it is “highly unusual” for the GCHQ to comment on their work (or use the phrase “utterly ridiculous,” but “it’s a sign of just how seriously they take it. The allegations are so sensitive that the agency clearly felt they could not let them go unchallenged.”
Tim Farron, leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats party, says Trump compromised “the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment.”
According to a White house official, the Trump administration received “at least two calls” from British officials expressing concerns about Spicer’s wildly false claims.
“We’ve made clear to the US administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored. We’ve received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated,” a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May says.”I would add as a matter of fact that under the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence agreement, we cannot use each other’s capabilities to circumvent the law. It’s a situation that simply wouldn’t arise.”
The Trump administration’s desperation to accuse President Obama (falsely) of tapping The Donald’s “wires” at Trump Tower is embarrassing not just for the administration but for Americans who are forced to live with the shame of living under the most intellectually deficient President in our nation’s history.
Watch a report on the latest incident below:
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