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USA security agency did not ask GCHQ to spy on Donald Trump

21 March 2017

Probed on the allegations during questioning at US Congressional hearings, Admiral Rogers said such a move would "violate" US law and go against the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing arrangements between America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The warning came after White House press secretary Sean Spicer sparked a row by citing a Fox News analyst's claim that Mr Obama had used United Kingdom listening agency GCHQ to bug Trump Tower. On March 4, the president claimed in a tweet that Obama had tapped his phones during the presidential election.

The new head of GCHQ certainly has the right surname to write a new chapter in British-US intelligence relations which are now under strain.

When Trump was questioned about the "wiretapping" saga during a meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, Trump said Spicer was simply repeating a media report, the Huffington Post reports.

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A Senate committee on Thursday concluded that there were "no indications" Trump Tower was under surveillance by the USA government before or after the election.

But Fox News had already distanced their selves from Napolitano, saying that they can't support his claims that the British intelligence community conducted illegal surveillance of Trump at the request of Barack Obama.

The claims of GCHQ involvement were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television".

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Trump even told the press that if they wanted to get to the truth they should speak with Fox News and not him.

Britain's national security adviser, Mark Lyall, had spoken with Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, his American counterpart, to diffuse the situation.

Asked about this on BBC radio, Sir Peter said: "We do know that the Russians are engaged in information warfare against the United States, the United Kingdom, a lot of western democracies".

Westmacott said, "I suspect it is not [overstating it] to suggest this story comes from the Russian playbook", he said.

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Meanwhile, the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency were due to speak publicly today about the claims of alleged links between Russian Federation and president Trump's campaign. But Spicer subsequently denied that such an apology took place, saying the White House had only been referring to reports "in the public domain" and saying "I don't think we regret anything".

USA security agency did not ask GCHQ to spy on Donald Trump