The American government has promised the United Kingdom that the Trump administration will never again bring up a report claiming British intelligence helped Barack Obama wiretap Trump Tower.
The original spat arose on Thursday when Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended President Trump‘s claims against his predecessor by invoking a Fox News piece suggesting the British intelligence service, GCHQ, worked with Obama on a Trump Tower surveillance operation. In a statement, the agency said Spicer’s comments were “utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
According to The Telegraph, Spicer and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with British officials and apologized for the claims. Representatives for Prime Minister Theresa May also told the newspaper the White House promised that Spicer’s claims would not be repeated.
Trump is under mounting pressure to produce evidence of wiretapping, especially since the Senate Intelligence Committee has said they have seen no indication that his claims are true. Tim Farron, leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, said Spicer’s comments were a “shameful” attempt to protect Trump.
“Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment,” Farron said. “This harms our and US security.”
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