The Trump administration through Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster have apologized to Britain’s intelligence service, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, for falsely accusing it Thursday night of wiretapping Donald Trump at the request of President Obama.
"Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command...he used GCHQ" accused Spicer
All based on something they watched on Fox News. Sean Spicer said during a press conference that because Fox News said so, we must take the threat of British spying seriously, to which claim GCHQ – which never responds to news stories – correctly responded, “Utterly ridiculous.”
Watch the sordid details courtesy of The Telegraph:
According to Spicer,
“He’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on it.”
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command – he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice – he used GCHQ.”
This was Spicer’s source, Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News on March 14th:
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command – he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice – he used GCHQ.
“He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence-finding agency. So, simply by having two people saying to them president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations, involving president-elect Trump, he’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this. Putting the published accounts and common-sense together, this leads to a lot.”
According to The Telegraph,
Intelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims. “The apology came direct from them,” a source said.Yes. This is the math Republicans do. Fox News + Donald Trump = apologies to America’s ally Great Britain.
General McMaster contacted Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister’s National Security adviser, to apologise for the comments. Mr Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s US ambassador.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said,
“We’ve made clear to the US administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored. We’ve received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated.”Read more