Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump alluded to reports that the United States monitored Merkel’s cell phone under the Obama Administration.
“As far as wiretapping by this last Administration — at least we have something in common, perhaps,” he said.
But Trump also tried to distance himself from White House allegations that the British spy service GCHQ might have wiretapped Trump at Obama’s behest — something the GCHQ called “nonsense” in a rare public statement.
After noting that he “very seldom” regrets tweets, Trump argued that the White House was only repeating something Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano had said.
“We said nothing,” he said. “All we did was quote a very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying it on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. So you shouldn’t be talking to me you should be talking to Fox.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer added that he was simply “reading media accounts” when he made the claim about British intelligence.
“I don’t think we regret anything,” he told reporters Friday. “We literally listed a litany of media reports that are in the public domain.”
Several ranking members of both the House and Senate Intelligence committees have also said there is no evidence for Trump’s claims.
With Zeke J. Miller