Donald Trump's allegation that President Obama ordered "surveillance" on Trump during the presidential campaign continues to get even more unbelievable.
On Thursday, during a White House press briefing, spokesman Sean Spicer cited comments by Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano asserting a British spy agency was involved in the alleged surveillance of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.
Napolitano had stated on-air that President Obama had asked Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, the intelligence collection agency known as the GCHQ, to surveil Mr. Trump.
Said Sean Spicer:
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the N.S.A., he didn’t use the C.I.A., he didn’t use the F.B.I., and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence spying agency. So simply, by having two people saying to them, ‘The president needs transcripts of conversations involved in candidate Trump’s conversations involving President-elect Trump,’ he was able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this.”
The British government immediately denied the allegation on Thursday in a statement issued by the spy agency, labeling the assertions “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous.”
Today, President Trump was asked about the kerfuffle at a press event with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by a German reporter. Trump answered, “We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”
Shortly after Trump's comments, Fox News' Shepard Smith issued this strongly worded statement from his network: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop.”
.@ShepNewsTeam responds: "Fox News cannot confirm judge Napolitano's commentary."— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) March 17, 2017
Back to you, @PressSec and @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/z9UamLkkRP
CNN's Jake Tapper has clearly had just about all the BS he can handle from Trump. Tapper opened his show on CNN thusly:
“In a fevered effort to try to force this outlandish claim into something remotely resembling - passably, perhaps, maybe - the truth, the White House appears actually willing to repeat another wild accusation that potentially could alienate our nation’s most important ally.
"Does smearing British intelligence make your family more safe? No? So why is the White House doing it? What is the White House defending here? Because it damn sure isn’t national security or American credibility before the world.”
How does any of this "make America great again?"
Watch Tapper below:
"What is the White House defending here? It damn sure isn't national security or American credibility before the world." - @jaketapper pic.twitter.com/3LSUKZT5hj— Colin Jones (@colinjones) March 17, 2017