WH Makes Formal Apology to British Over Spicer’s Claim UK Spied on Trump Tower
Take him seriously not literally. In trying to defuse Trump’s wild accusations of a wiretap at Trump Tower, Sean Spicer managed to make it 100 times worse claiming Obama told British intelligence to do it-which makes sense; of course, the British intelligence agencies answer to the American President, how else would it work?
“The US has made a formal apology to Britain after the White House accused GCHQ of helping Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump in the White House.”
“Sean Spicer, Mr Trump’s press secretary, repeated a claim on Thursday evening – initially made by an analyst on Fox News – that GCHQ was used by Mr Obama to spy on Trump Tower in the lead-up to last November’s election.”
“The comments prompted a furious response from GCHQ, which in a break from normal practice issued a public statement: “Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitanoabout GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
“Intelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims. “The apology came direct from them,” a source said.
“General McMaster contacted Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister’s National Security adviser, to apologise for the comments. Mr Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s US ambassador.”
“Mr Spicer had earlier repeated claims that Barack Obama used GCHQ to spy on Mr Trump before he became president.”
“He’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on it,” Mr Spicer said of the intelligence supposedly provided to Mr Obama by Britain.
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command – he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice – he used GCHQ.”
“Mrs May’s official spokesman said the White House has assured the Government that allegations that British intelligence services spied on Donald Trump will not be repeated.”
“Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, described Mr Spicer’s comments as “shameful”.
“Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment,” he said. “This harms our and US security.”
To digress into British politics for a moment, isn’t it notable that they quote the Liberal Democrat leader rather than the Labour party leader? It tells you a lot about the implosion of Labor.
As for Spicer repeating these wild claims from Fox, I still wonder if Roger Stone wasn’t in on this story too. Stone tells an awful lot of whoppers.
There is-of course-no one more reliable than Roger Stone.
He claimed in January to be the victim of attempted poisoning by the FBI using Polonium to prevent him testifying before Congress and blowing the whole Russiagate story wide open.
His latest is he was in a hit and run setup by: the Deep State.
Here’s the story on the hit and run I was involved in this morning https://t.co/t4mEpiO9vQ
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) March 16, 2017
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