Spicer: We don't regret repeating claim that United Kingdom spied on Trump

Elias Hubbard
March 18, 2017

The president's press secretary, Sean Spicer, cited a Fox News pundit who claimed Barack Obama used the United Kingdom intelligence agency to investigate the Republican candidate.

Trump has accused Obama of ordering wiretaps at his Trump Tower in NY.

In angrily defending the president's statement, Spicer told reporters Mr. Trump "stands by" the four tweets that sparked a firestorm that has threatened Mr. Trump's credibility with lawmakers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens as President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on Friday.

MARCH 16: The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, separately say there is no proof of Trump's charge. The bipartisan committee issued a statement earlier this week to that effect, saying it sees "no indications" that Trump was wiretapped. The list included a report from The New York Times, which Mr. Trump has dubbed "fake news", as well as conservative commentary, a little-known blog and several reports based on anonymous sources, which Mr. Trump has said can not be believed.

The British newspaper The Telegraph reports that U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster "contacted Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister's National Security adviser, to apologise for the comments".

"He didn't apologize, no way, no how", the official said. Those news reports did not demonstrate the things that Trump claims they did. Spicer was very apologetic when confronted by Darroch at a White House dinner Thursday, the Western diplomat said. "As the President said, I was just reading off media reports". "That's it", he said.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", he said to Merkel.

At a regular Westminster briefing, Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman refused to say whether USA officials apologised.

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office.

Mr Trump tried to distance himself from the report on Friday.

After the news conference Spicer echoed Trump's defiant tone.

"I am a free trader, but I'm also a fair trader". "They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", a spokesperson said.

"We're talking about the president of the US". Germany is among those nations, although the U.S. leader thanked Merkel for Germany's commitment to increase spending and to work towards that figure.

The White House's refusal to back down raised the stakes for Comey's appearance before the intelligence committee on Monday. Paul Ryan has also said that he's seen nothing to substantiate the allegations that President Obama spied on Trump. "And so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox", he said.

"It's always much better to talk to one another than about one another", she said. In the weeks since that claim, multiple intelligence officials and congressional leaders of intelligence committees on both sides of the aisle have stated that no evidence exists to back up that claim.

The German chancellor is trying to forge a relationship with Trump despite suspicion over his political views. He suggested the president's assertion should not be taken at face value.

Trump is more outspoken and improvisational and has little time for diplomatic niceties.

The move was immediately criticized. The pragmatic Merkel is now on her third USA president and appears to be looking to find a way to forge a relationship with Trump without buying into his political values.

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