Donald Trump tells Angela Merkel: We've both been wiretapped by Barack Obama

Nick Mcbride
March 20, 2017

Determined to downplay their differences, most pundits now consider Friday's face-to-face meeting between President Donald Trump and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel to have been an awkward affair. The allegations were first raised by Napolitano on Fox News earlier this week. Trump's claims widened to two of the U.S.'s staunchest allies.

"Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, 'Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command".

"They never invited us for dinner, then at the last minute they realized that optically it wasn't playing very well in public for them, so they put out a statement that we didn't have dinner because I was exhausted", Tillerson said.

Trump, in an interview Wednesday with Fox News, said he'd learned about the alleged wiretapping from news reports referencing intercepted communications, despite the fact that he and his advisers have publicly denounced stories about government agencies reviewing contacts between Trump associates and Russians.

ISC chairman Dominic Grieve said: "I note GCHQ's public denial of the potentially damaging allegations against them".

The claim has led to investigations in Congress and by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but so far no one has provided any evidence to substantiate it.

Comey and the head of the National Security Agency are slated to testify at a House hearing on March 20.

Trump had made European defense spending an issue during his campaign, saying the United States - which spends just over 3% of its GDP on defense - carries too much of the financial burden for supporting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It does not say Obama ordered this surveillance, nor does it say Trump's own phones were tapped or that he was under surveillance in any way.

"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wiretapping" a race for president prior to an election?"

Obama flatly rejected it, but the White House refusal to back down has kept the issue alive.

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.

That sparked a rebuke from GCHQ and calls from British officials.

Tillerson, the Texan and former CEO of Exxon Mobil, has been taking heat in recent weeks for the State Department's decision to allow just one reporter to accompany him on a trip to Asia.

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