Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

Trump and Merkel shakes hands following their joint news conference

A former British ambassador to the USA has told the White House it is playing a "dangerous game" over claims Barack Obama used GCHQ intelligence agency to spy on Donald Trump.

His trip will end at the United Nations in NY on Thursday.

"This is a unsafe game", Westmacott writes, explaining that "the intelligence relationship between Britain and America is unique and precious".

Boris will visit the White House and meet with some of Donald Trump's closest aides.

He warned it risked undermining a relationship that was "critical" to US-UK efforts to counter a range of threats including terrorism, Russian aggression, Chinese cyber-attacks, and the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Sir Peter Westmacott, who was ambassador to the USA from 2012 to 2016, accused the president of "peddling falsehoods", wantonly risking the American alliance with the U.K. and threatening the nations' united front combatting terrorism.

'The intelligence relationship between Britain and America is unique and precious.

"Gratuitously damaging it by peddling falsehoods and then doing nothing to set the record straight would be a gift to our enemies they could only dream of".

The intervention comes after White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited a claim by a Fox News analyst that Obama had used British spies to bug Trump Tower.

The former envoy further censured the NY billionaire for his "famous reluctance to admit mistakes".

He denied there was any involvement by the British and said he agreed with GCHQ's assessment of the claims as "nonsense" and "utterly ridiculous".

When questioned about the stunning accusation during a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, Trump said Spicer was simply repeating a media report. "All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television".

"Jeremy will be expected to make a trip to the USA very early on to seek reassurances from our partners".

Trump even told the press that if they wanted to get to the truth they should speak with Fox News and not him.

Sir Peter's comments will be seen as underlining the strength of feeling among the British intelligence and diplomatic communities at the actions of the White House. "So you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox".

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

The committee is holding a hearing on the issue Monday.

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