Trump's allegations against President Barack Obama have sparked a reactions ranging from bafflement to anger in Washington, with both Democrats and Republican lawmakers saying they have no evidence to support his claim.
The president denied that the White House was propagating the Fox News theory. During a White House news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump also made an indirect reference to disclosures during the Obama administration that the US monitored the German leader's personal mobile phone.
A White House official said Spicer and McMaster told United Kingdom officials that the press secretary was simply highlighting published reports, not endorsing any specific story, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to speak on the record.
Republicans and the president blasted what they said were illegal leaks after it was reported that Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, had communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States before Trump was inaugurated.
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"I didn't make an opinion on it", Trump said on Friday, referring to remarks by Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano that Obama had bypassed USA law by asking the U.K.to gather intelligence on the Republican during the presidential campaign.
A government source, who requested anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said an initial examination of the material turned over by the Justice Department indicates that it contains no evidence to confirm Trump's claims that the Obama administration had wiretapped him or the Trump Tower in NY.
After the news conference Spicer echoed Trump's defiant tone. Trump offered no evidence, and an Obama spokesman has said the claim is "simply false".
Nunes in Friday's statement said the National Security Administration and Central Intelligence Agency has not yet provided full information about whether information collected on US citizens was mishandled and leaked. The bipartisan committee issued a statement earlier this week to that effect, saying it sees "no indications" that Trump was wiretapped.
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Mr Trump first said Mr Obama had illegally spied on him on Twitter but the White House has yet to provide any evidence to back up that assertion, and instead it has called on Congress to investigate the president's allegations. Flores did not comment on the contents of the report.
Trump tweeted earlier this month that Obama "was tapping my phones in October" and compared the incident to "Nixon/Watergate" and "McCarthyism".
"We said nothing", Trump told a reporter Friday.
Spicer spoke to Darroch face-to-face at a White House St. Patrick's Day event, according to a British government official, who described the meeting as "serious" in tone and said it was not cordial.
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