Trump: The Brits spied on me for Obama

Just when you thought things could get any worse, the Trump White House today accused the British government of spying on Donald Trump for Barack Obama during the campaign.

This new unfounded allegation from Trump spokesman Sean Spicer quoted Fox News claiming that British intelligence spied on Donald Trump for Obama.

So, of course, just like the first claim that Obama spied on him, Trump is relying on far-right media.

It’s time for Trump to apologize to President Obama

First, here’s Spicer repeating Fox News’ latest unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

Now check out this quote from the Fox story:

Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls. The NSA has given GCHQ full 24/7 access to its computers, so GCHQ — a foreign intelligence agency that, like the NSA, operates outside our constitutional norms — has the digital versions of all electronic communications made in America in 2016, including Trump’s. So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.

Thus, when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful. Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump’s inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family.

It goes on:

I hope the investigations of Trump’s allegation discover and reveal the truth — whatever it is. But the lesson here is terribly serious.

We face the gravest threat to personal liberty since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 proscribed criticism of the government.

We have an unelected, unnamed, unaccountable elite group in the intelligence community manipulating the president at will and possessing intimate, detailed knowledge about all of us that it can reveal.

Oh please.

It’s no coincidence that the White House is now accusing America’s top ally of spying on Trump on the very day that House and Senate Intel Committee heads have come out and debunked Trump’s “Obama spied on me” fantasy.

One final point. A lot of this sure sounds like details from the MI6 guy’s dossier that Trump called “fake news. Now, that dossier did not say that Obama had the Brits spy on him. It did say that foreign intelligence services had picked up chatter between Trump associates and Russian intelligence officers, or those aligned with Russian intelligence. I’m increasingly wondering if Trump’s claims aren’t mirroring the claims in the dossier. Whether simply because Trump is nuts, or because the dossier is based on more truth than Trump is willing to let on.

Either way, this has all really gone too far. It’s time for Trump to stop with the paranoia, and apologize to President Obama.

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    Trump is Dr. Zauis’s brain damaged nephew.

  • Demosthenes

    Question: How can one tell Sean Spicer is lying?

    Answer: His lips are moving.

  • Ann Wick

    Wrong. He “won” the Electoral College with Russia’s Intervention. That, is Not a win. And, Hillary DID win the popular vote by over 3M.
    And, when Orangehead is removed, That, in itself, will be A win.
    Next….

  • As I recall, Steele, a former MI6 guy, was originally hired by a Jeb Bush run PAC to dig up dirt on Trump. When word got back that in esssence began tro smeel of treason, the Bushies and the GOP dropped the whole thing. Steele then took his findings to Langley and Comey.

  • If Spicer made this allegation “on his own” he should be fired. If Trump made it, he should apologize to the UK (right after he apologizes to Obama). He should then submit himself for a full scale neuro/psych work up at Walter-Reed.

    Yeah, I won’t hopld my breath,

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  • Badgerite

    Nothing you said has anything to do with what I said. Or hadn’t you noticed.
    The guy “won” because he colluded with a foreign power to do something that was illegal under US law. This was the Watergate burglars outsourced to Russian intelligence services instead of former CIA bag men. The collusion itself was and is illegal. And had Hilary Clinton done this and “won” the electoral college they would already have impeached her.
    He has yet to release his tax returns and the ones of interest would be a complete accounting of at least the last ten years. Not some stray pages from the one year he might have actually paid some taxes. This is a guy who was rescued from personal bankruptcy by passing his own personal debts onto innocent investors, contractors and other business people.
    And who own son has publicly stated that Russian money made up a large part of the money flowing into their businesses. Do you really think that that dark money flowing in from Russia was clean? That they didn’t and don’t expect something in return? Whether Hilary Clinton is POTUS or not is neither here or there. This is about law and the best interests of the country which someone bought and paid for by Vladimir Putin does not even remotely care about. And it shows. Bigly.

  • Carolingian

    This is as good of reason as any to leave NATO.

  • Carolingian

    He paid 38 million and he won despite all the fake news and british spies. Hillary never will serve a day as Potus. not one single day

  • Carolingian

    You are just LARPing you don’t know anything. It’s a spook agency. Like they are going to admit it.

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  • Carolingian

    We should bomb London. Great Britain shouldn’t have access to our private citizens information. Spying on Trump is an act war.

  • Tom Chicago

    More and more, this seems like performance art–emphasis on “performance” rather than “art”–meant to distract us from the real devastation, i.e., the IDon’tCare/TrumpCare/RyanCare monstronsity, that is going on: “Gee, there goes that crusty, cranky, unpredictable President! Isn’t he just some kind of character?”

  • Zorba

    Sean Spicer is taking his cues from Der Donald.
    Not that this absolves Sean.
    Donald clearly has mental problems. What are Spicer’s and Conway’s excuses?

  • FuzzyRabbit

    How come US and foreign intelligence agencies are trying to hide what they know from Trump and his higher ups? Is it because the Trumpsters are telling everything they know to the Russians? Not so far fetched, considering that Putin’s banks own Trump.

  • pliny

    While the specific statement that GCHQ spied on Trump and passed the info to Obama is definitely a lie, there’s an unfortunate amount of truth lurking out in the weeds. GCHQ and NSA have a long standing data-sharing arrangement, and with so much of the Orange One’s campaign on the Russian payroll, it’s a certainty that GCHQ was surveilling *them*. And again, GCHQ wouldn’t have given it directly to Obama – it all goes into XKEYSCORE.

  • MoonDragon

    As a lowly research cog in the military industrial complex, it was drilled into me and my co-workers that foreign governments were keeping track of all sorts of things going on in the US. Not just the Russians, Chinese, and North Koreans and their client states, but the Germans, Brits, Israelis, Dutch, Italians, and, well, everybody. It’s how governments operate. The more one knows, the safer one’s nation. If Mr. Trump, with his access to intelligence briefings and “very good brain” can’t grasp this, someone on his staff should explain it to him and tell him to stop making himself look truly stupid.

  • Badgerite

    So the Brits would have been keeping tabs on the Russians, of course, and what they found while doing so is a lot of Trump Monster campaign people talking with the Russians. And then these very campaign people felt compelled to lie through their teeth to cover up the many contacts between high level Russians and the Trump Monster campaign. Hmmmm. But is should be the Brits and Obama who are in trouble? Riiiiiiight. This guy and his campaign are as dirty as they come. And he cannot release his tax returns because they show just what the Trump Monster Jr. said publicly some time ago and that is that Russian money flowing in made up a very large part of their business financing. He is bought and paid for. And it shows.

  • Ann Wick

    Who is the bigger Liar? Trump of Spicer?! Both of them are equally guilty. And, no one is buying Their idiotic act.

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