Jake Tapper: Does White House ‘Smearing British Intelligence Make Your Family More Safe’?


CNN’s Jake Tapper opened his show today by saying that on this St. Patrick’s Day, “the president is serving up enough blarney for everyone.”

Tapper tore into the White House after President Trump’s “the buck stops there” approach to Sean Spicer citing Fox’s Andrew Napolitano yesterday over a report about British intel agency GCHQ surveilling Trump that Shep Smith said today Fox News cannot confirm. Trump today told the press “you should be talking to Fox.”

An incredulous Tapper reiterated that Trump’s wiretapping claims have been thoroughly debunked, recalling that Spicer only brought up Napolitano because yesterday he “invoked various sources of information to try to build something resembling a case for his boss, one that made up for what it lacked in actual proof in length.”

As for the GCHQ report from Napolitano, Tapper said the actual journalists at Fox never repeated this because “they have no confidence that it’s true.”

He ripped “the president’s response to this embarrassment today”:

“In a fevered effort to try and force this outlandish claim into something remotely resembling––passably, perhaps, maybe––the truth, the White House appears willing to actually repeat another wild accusation that potentially could alienate our nation’s most important ally. Does smearing British intelligence make your family more safe? No? So why is the White House doing it? What is the White House defending here? Because it damn sure isn’t national security or American credibility before the world.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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