US President Donald Trump stands by wiretapping claim during Angela Merkel visit

UK Says Washington Won't Repeat Trump's 'Ridiculous' Spying Claim

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed on Thursday that British spy agency GCHQ colluded with the Obama Administration to wiretap Trump Tower.

"Recent allegations made by media commentator judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct "wire tapping" against the then president elect are nonsense", the agency said in the statement.

It sparked a full blown diplomatic incident, with the Cheltenham-based eavesdropping agency issuing a very rare public statement to rubbish the unsubstantiated accusation.

Trump's allegations against President Barack Obama have sparked a reactions ranging from bafflement to anger in Washington, with both Democrats and Republican lawmakers saying they have no evidence to support his claim.

Senior officials from GCHQ are also expected to make representations to its American counterpart, the NSA, about their concern over such allegations being made, British media reported. That's how former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's communications with the Russian ambassador were intercepted; Nunes told a CNN reporter today that he wasn't aware of any other incidents of incidental collection surrounding Trump officials other than Flynn.

"It is believed White House spokesman Sean Spicer was ordered to repeat it on billionaire Trump's direct orders".

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process". Spicer has, however, attempted to soften Trump's initial allegation, saying that Trump's use of the word "wiretap" was not meant to be taken literally, but to refer to surveillance more generally.

Fox News said it could not confirm the allegations.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence weighed in Thursday, finding "no indications" that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance. He used GCHQ, what is that?

NY [U.S.], March 18: The White House has flatly denied all reports suggesting that the United States tendered an apology to the British government over a report alleging that a UK intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump, at the behest of his predecessor Barack Obama.

The Daily Telegraph, a right-leaning British newspaper, said on Friday that intelligence sources told the paper that Spicer and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, have apologized for the claims. Trump cited Napolitano's report as partial evidence.

On economic matters, the Chancellor said she hoped Trump would consider reopening discussions on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed pact between the United States and the European Union.

GCHQ is one of three main British spy agencies alongside the MI6 Secret Intelligence Service and the MI5 Security Service.

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