The White House can’t stay on the same page for a New York minute. Despite all evidence pointing to the contrary, amateur president Donald Trump has been sticking with his newest conspiracy theory saying that Barack Obama had his phones wiretapped prior to the election. Then it was reported that the White House issued an apology to Britain for bringing them into this hot mess by alleging that the GCHQ aided former President Barack Obama in spying on Trump. It was reportedly a two-pronged apology with General McMaster contacting Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister’s National Security adviser, to apologize for the comments; Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s US ambassador.
Then on Friday, Spicer said that the administration has no “regret” about sparking an international incident with the U.K.
Are you with me so far? Because the story gets weirder.
Today Trump suggested during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that his administration was not responsible for promoting Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano’s baseless claim that British intelligence agency GCHQ spied on Trump for Obama.
“We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain, very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television,” Trump said. “I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox. Okay?”
Wow, again. Trump says Fox News analyst who claimed the British helped Obama spy on Trump is “very talented” and “all we did was quote” him. pic.twitter.com/g2YdIpddCX
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 17, 2017
During Trump’s mean-girl tweetstorm accusing his predecessor of wiretapping his phones before the election, nowhere did the alleged president mention Napolitano. And a sitting president is not supposed to get intel from Fox ‘News’ or any other media source.
On Wednesday, Trump said in an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, “Wiretap covers a lot of different things. I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”
Wrong again. Definition of wiretap: “to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information.” There is no alt-definition to wiretap, Mr. Trump. Trump is responsible for the words that come out of his mouth and the ones he types in his Twitter timeline, whether he likes it or not.
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