Who were Fox analyst's sources on Obama claim? Consultant explains his side

During a press conference on Thursday, White House press Secretary Sean Spicer cited a Fox News story alleging that former President Obama had "used GCHQ" to spy on Trump. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that the British government made it clear to Spicer that the "ridiculous" claims should be ignored.

Trump said he "very seldom" regrets anything he tweets, brushing off questions about his claims without evidence that his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, wiretapped him during last year's presidential campaign.

His comments came shortly after the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate intelligence commmittee said there was no evidence that any surveillance had taken place. Per the original Fox News segment, Napolitano's specific claim is that the "transcripts" that the British gave Obama actually came originally from an "NSA database" that is generated via the NSA's capability to intercept all telephone and electronic communication inside the USA -a "database" to which he says the British have "24-7 access".

"We're not in an election anymore, and it's not his opponent he's throwing off", Santorum said of Trump during an appearance on CNN.

Fox News host Shep Smith said Friday that the network could not substantiate Napolitano's claims - or any claims that Trump was ever under surveillance by the Obama administration.

"There is no ledger sheet that shows Germany in the red", Doug Lute, who served as ambassador under former President Obama from 2013 to 2017, told ABC News.

Instead, Johnson said he floated the gist of what would become Napolitano's report - that the British were gathering information on Trump and passing it to the United States - during an interview with RT, the news network funded by the Russian government.

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Merkel had close relations with Trump's Democratic and Republican predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and she is likely to seek a strong working relationship with Trump despite major policy differences and wariness in Germany about the former NY businessman. Paul Ryan has also said that he's seen nothing to substantiate the allegations that President Obama spied on Trump.

Merkel then appeared to ask the President if he wanted to shake hands, which is customary in photo ops, but Trump simply did not respond.

But Representative Nunes, who served on Trump's transition team, joined the White House in seeking to shift attention away from the controversies by calling for investigations of leaks to the news media.



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