Former UK Ambassador Slams Donald Trump's 'Gratuitous' Wiretap Lies

"This is a unsafe game", Westmacott warned in an opinion piece in The Guardian.

The unusual move by the agency came after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cited claims first made on US TV channel Fox News earlier this week.

Claims by Downing Street that Trump's national security adviser, Herbert "HR" McMaster, had apologised for the row were publicly denied...

Despite having no proof to back his claims, Donald Trump insisted that his predecessor bugged his phones at the Trump Tower during his presidential campaign. "Russian aggression, the cyberattacks of China, the nuclear threat from North Korea, and much else".

Sir Peter Westmacott, who was ambassador to the US from 2012 to 2016, accused the president of "peddling falsehoods", wantonly risking the American alliance with the U.K. and threatening the nations' united front combatting terrorism. "Second, the idea of the British foreign secretary signing a warrant authorizing such an intrusion into domestic United States politics was unthinkable".

Westmacott also wrote disdainfully about Trump's "famous reluctance to admit mistakes".

Trump's March 4 tweet alleging he was the target of Obama administration wiretapping said "Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory". He has engaged in an increasingly desperate effort to stand by the charge ever since.

The claim brought a rare public denial from GCHQ which described the suggestion as "utterly ridiculous".

The claims of GCHQ involvement were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano. Fox News now says it can not confirm the report.

Trump reiterated those claims when he spoke in front of the media during his meeting with Angela Merkel, and though the British government already debunked those claims, Trump didn't offer an apology for making baseless claims.

He said, "All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television".

"Jeremy will be expected to make a trip to the U.S. very early on to seek reassurances from our partners".

Trump tried to joke with Merkel about the situation, saying that they "have something in common", in that they have both been victims of United States government wiretapping.

Trump also said he and Merkel "had something in common", apparently referring to leaks by Edward Snowden that the NSA had listened in on the chancellor's calls in 2013.

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