President Donald Trump’s wiretapping saga continues as the White House keeps trying to add credibility to the unfounded accusations that former President Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower.
For the past two weeks, there has been a confusing back and forth between White House staffers with press secretary Sean Spicer initially saying Trump didn’t really believe the claims, and then Kellyanne Conway suggesting that microwaves are being used as surveillance devices.
Days later, after Paul Ryan and Congress announced that they found no evidence to support the theory, Spicer pointed to a
Faux Fox News analyst’s speculation that British intelligence helped Obama with the wiretapping, citing it as proof that the absurd conspiracy theory is true.
"Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, 'Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command (to spy on Trump). He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA ... he used GCHQ,'" Spicer said during a press briefing Thursday.
Naturally, the United Kingdom was up in arms about these claims. British Prime Minister Theresa May and the spy agency denied the allegations and deemed them “nonsense,” which led to a swift apology from the White House, Uproxx reports.
After Spicer apologized for the baseless accusations, Prime Minister May issued a statement:
“A senior administration official told CNN that Spicer and McMaster offered what amounted to an apology to the British government. We’ve made clear to the U.S. administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored. We’ve received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated,” May’s spokesman said.
Former national Security Adviser for Obama, Susan Rice, tweeted exactly what the rest of us were thinking:
The cost of falsely blaming our closest ally for something this consequential cannot be overstated. And from the PODIUM. https://t.co/lJ1Q1GR3lB— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) March 17, 2017
The entire wiretapping debacle is absurd, but to involve another country — our closest ally, no less — in this heap of a mess is just plain reckless.
Furthermore, the fact that the White House continues to pile blatant lies on top of each other just makes the whole administration appear incredibly desperate, weak, and amateur.