Trump insists Obama ordered a wiretap against him

Former President Barack Obama congratulates President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has insisted that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones during the Presidential elections campaign.

He said this in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He referred to the US National Security Agency’s reported tapping of Merkel’s phone several years ago.

“As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps,” Trump said.

Trump however did not endorse a report by Fox news that Britain’s GCHQ spy agency did the wiretapping for Obama.

“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,” he said.

There has been rising calls from Republicans and Democrats for Trump to withdraw the charge and apologize.

Trump first made the wiretapping accusation on March 4.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” he tweeted.

“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

Obama has however denied ordering the wiretapping or monitoring of any American.

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