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Trump takes on media again, calls meeting with Merkel 'great'

20 March 2017, 07:50 | Terri Saunders

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Trump indicated yet again Friday during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that his phones had been wiretapped.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries are asked to contribute 2 percent of their GDP to the alliance's defense spending. The GCHQ, which is famously tight-lipped, offered a rare statement blasting the Trump administration's claims as "utterly ignorant" and saying they should "be ignored".

From microwaves to spurious claims that British spies did the dastardly deed, the sad effort by President Donald Trump to get out from under his reckless claim that he was wiretapped by the previous president has gone from slander to a joke to an global incident.

Our White House team will have much more on that from the White House in just a moment.

GCHQ rejected allegations made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that it spied on Mr Trump, as "nonsense".

Mr. Trump said that he didn't know what news outlet the reporter represented but that the claim he was an isolationist was "another example of false news".

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In the latest episode of "the wiretapping story that just won't go away", Fox News anchor Shepard Smith strongly rebuked the Trump White House on Friday, saying that "Fox News can not confirm" any of the allegations. including those made by his own colleague. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism". He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency, he didn't use the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he didn't use the Department of Justice.

Slack pointed out that GCHQ could not have spied on Trump because the United Kingdom and the usa are both members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, and under "the Five Eyes pact, we cannot use each other's capabilities to circumvent laws". Instead, his claim focuses on what his sources suspect could have been possible.

GCHQ - Government Communications Headquarters - is the British equivalent of the United States' National Security Agency (NSA).

Seconds earlier Trump said alongside Merkel that "as far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said, eliciting a puzzled look from the chancellor.

This followed Trump's baseless claim that the wiretapping took place, for which he has never offered any evidence. Lawmakers will have the opportunity to press FBI Director James Comey on the issue.

The public hearing is the first of several that the intelligence committees are expected to hold on alleged Russia's interference in the presidential election.



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