WH promises not to repeat claim that United Kingdom spied on Trump

  • WH promises not to repeat claim that United Kingdom spied on Trump

WH promises not to repeat claim that United Kingdom spied on Trump

During a media briefing at the White House on Thursday, Mr Spicer drew reporters' attention to comments made earlier this week on Fox News by former judge Andrew Napolitano in relation to Mr Trump's controversial claim that his NY residence had been bugged. The spokesman said the British government had received a guarantee from its American counterpart that the claim would not be repeated. "We've received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated".

President Donald Trump says his White House shouldn't be blamed for quoting a Fox News analyst who accused British intelligence of helping former President Barack Obama spy on him.

In response, GCHQ took the unusual step of commenting directly on a story. "They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", the official said.

"Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct "wire tapping" against the then President Elect are nonsense".

A White House official confirmed that Darroch and the British prime minister's national security adviser, Mark Lyall Grant, expressed concerns to both Spicer and Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

Following the apology issued by the White House, Downing Street said it had received assurances from the US government that the allegations will not be repeated.

Claims by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden led to questions over GCHQ's relationship with the NSA. A Senate aide, who requested anonymity to discuss the senators' private briefings, said Spicer was incorrect in claiming Burr and Warner had not been briefed on the matter.

But security and intelligence experts said that despite the apology by the Trump administration, the unfounded allegation places the relationship between the respective spy agencies at risk. In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump said he had based his tweets at least partially on media reports, but could release additional information to support his claims.

But he has provided no evidence for the claim.

Spicer's comments were a rebuttal to the top two members of the Senate intelligence committee, who released a statement earlier Thursday declaring there is no indication that Trump Tower was "the subject of surveillance" by the US government before or after the 2016 election.

Trump originally made the allegations against Obama on March 4 in a series of early morning tweets.

Spicer on Thursday asserted that Trump meant to broadly refer to "surveillance", rather than a phone wiretap.

The newly released documents show that Flynn also was paid $11,250 that year by the USA subsidiary of a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, and another $11,250 by the Russian charter cargo airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines. "You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox".