THE White House last night claimed Britain may have helped former president Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump during last year’s election.
Press secretary Sean Spicer suggested UK intelligence agency GCHQ could have provided transcripts of Mr Trump’s phone conversations to the Obama administration.
Mr Spicer quoted Fox News pundit Andrew Napolitano, who made the allegation earlier this week. Mr Napolitano said sources had informed him Mr Obama asked for the UK’s help so there were ‘no American fingerprints’.
Mr Spicer told reporters ‘putting the published accounts and common sense together this leads to a lot’. No evidence has been presented to support the claim.
GCHQ said the allegations it was asked to conduct wire tapping against the then president-elect ‘are nonsense’. It added: ‘They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.’
Mr Spicer’s claim came hours after the cross-party US senate intelligence committee said it found no evidence to support claims Mr Trump was spied on.
Earlier this month, he had tweeted: ‘Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found.’
But Mr Trump has said ‘wiretapping’ referred to general surveillance, and not specifically bugged phones.
Lib Dem leader leader Tim Farron tweeted: ‘Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment.’