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On Thursday, Spicer claimed a UK intelligence agency had spied on Trump at Obama’s behest. The British government was bloody upset by the claim, with a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May calling it “ridiculous.”
Despite a senior administration member earlier saying Spicer and McMaster had apologized, the White House is now saying the pair was simply listening to the concerns of the British government.
Trump himself is refusing to retract the claim, while simultaneously attempting to distance himself from it, the New York Times reports. “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind,” Trump said during a Friday press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”
The unsubstantiated claim was first made Tuesday on Fox News by analyst Andrew Napolitano. But Fox News doesn’t want anything to do with it either. “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” anchor Shepard Smith said Friday, adding the network has “no evidence of any kind” that Trump was surveilled at all.
According to Reuters, Trump’s ongoing claims of surveillance have now been denied by top members of both parties, Obama, and the British government.