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The White House was forced to make amends with England after Sean Spicer made an unsubstantiated claim from the press room podium claiming that a British spy was involved with the alleged wiretapping.
According to the Fox News report Spicer read Thursday from the briefing room podium, Obama used Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, the signals agency known as the GCHQ, to aid in his spying of Trump.
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the N.S.A., he didn’t use the C.I.A., he didn’t use the F.B.I., and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ,” Spicer read.
“What is that? It’s the initials for the British Intelligence spying agency,” Spicer continued on. “So simply, by having two people saying to them, ‘the president needs transcripts of conversations involved in candidate Trump’s conversations involving President-elect Trump,’ he was able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this.”
Almost immediately, the British called the accusations “rubbish.”
Now the White House has reached out to England to assure them that such a mistake would not happen again.
“we’ve received assurances from the White House that these allegations would not be repeated,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said on Friday.
The British media had reported that the White House had apologized, but the spokesperson left the exact nature of the conversation undisclosed.
“Let’s leave it that we’ve had reassurances that these allegations would not be repeated,” the spokesman said.