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White House Takes Back Wiretap Claim but Kellyanne Conway Accuses Microwaves of Listening In

White House Takes Back Wiretap Claim but Kellyanne Conway Accuses Microwaves of Listening In
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White House Takes Back Wiretap Claim but Kellyanne Conway Accuses Microwaves of Listening In

It seems like the White House is walking back on Donald Trump’s claim.

In a bizarre twist, the White House is sort of walking back on Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump during his campaign days for office. However, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway seems to be convinced that microwaves are listening in.

Spicer: Obama did not wiretap Trump personally

During a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made it clear that President Trump doesn’t believe Obama is personally involved in wiretapping him. “He doesn’t really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally,” Spicer remarked to the press.

Spicer’s statement comes following several tweets that were fired off by Trump on the subject. The accusation started on March 4 when Trump tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

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On the same day, Trump asked, “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election?” After that, he also remarked, “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump also later declared, “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process.” He also went on compare this allegation with the Nixon/Watergate scandal. All in all, he tweeted about Obama wiretapping him four times in a single day.

Addressing this, Spicer wanted to point out to everyone that Trump had been describing the wiretapping with quotation marks the entire time and this is of great significance. “The President used the word ‘wiretap’ to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities during that,” Spicer explained.

White House says Obama administration did surveillance during the election period

Meanwhile, the White House also said it continues to believe that the Obama administration was responsible for various “surveillance and other activities” during the 2016 election. Moreover, Spicer had also said that there had been various reports that refer to the said surveillance operation. He said there were some from The New York Times, BBC, Fox and other outlets. When asked if these reports are the only evidence that Trump has on wiretapping, Spicer only told the media, “No, no, that leads you to believe that.”

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On the other hand, senior White House advisor Conway also had something to add to the wiretapping accusations. During an interview with the Bergen County Record, Conway pointed out that there are several ways to perform surveillance. “Microwaves can turn into cameras,” she suggested. Conway also made references to a recent revelation by Wikileaks regarding the CIA. As previously reported by Morning News USA, Wikileaks had released new documents on CIA’s spying tools. Among these were said to be phones and smart TVs that can be turned on to monitor conversations.

The New York Times responds to Spicer

On the other hand, The New York Times have since commented on Spicer’s recent remarks concerning available reports about surveillance during the 2016 election. According to the company, while it did report on surveillance during the said period, it did so particularly in reference to Russia’s efforts to influence the election. The publication also said that it reported on communication intercepts between Russian officials and other Trump associates. Other news outlets had done the same. “The Times has never reported that intelligence or law-enforcement officials were themselves spying on Mr. Trump,” said the news organization.

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