The White House has reportedly issued an apology to the U.K. regarding recent comments the former had made. However, the Trump administration, later on, denied doing so. Such is the latest development in a rather bizarre twist of events surrounding Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims.
It started when Judge Andrew Napolitano made a report on Fox News claiming that President Barack Obama had gone “outside the chain of command” to allegedly conduct surveillance of Trump. He also said that Obama asked the help of British agency GCHQ or Government Communications Headquarters. “He was able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this,” Napolitano alleged.
“Putting the published accounts and common sense together, this leads to a lot,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explained during a recent press briefing. The statement from the White House prompted GCHQ to unusually issue a response. In a statement, the agency called Napolitano’s wiretap claims nonsense. “They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored,” GCHQ remarked.
Following this, CNN reported that a senior administration official offered “what amounted to an apology” to the British government. National security adviser H.R. McMaster had also described Spicer’s comment regarding the issue as “unintentional.”
Spicer denies apology, saying White House doesn’t ‘regret anything.’
However, during a recent press gaggle, Spicer denied making an apology to the British government. When asked about it, he said, “I don’t think we regret anything.” Spicer added that the White House was “just passing on news reports.”
During a press briefing, Spicer had made it clear that Trump still believes there was wiretapping at the time of the presidential election. This is despite recent findings by the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to them, they failed to find any proof of wiretapping. Spicer emphasized that the committee has no findings yet. “They have yet to go through the information. The Department of Justice, as you know, has not supplied this.”
When asked if Spicer believes Trump would still be vindicated, he said, “I believe he will.” At the same time, Spicer reiterated that Trump had actually been referring to surveillance when he tweeted about wiretapping.