US President Donald Trump relied on a right-wing news website upon accusing former US President Barack Obama of wire-tapping his phone and the media is calling for Trump to cite evidence that supports his claims. The White House refused to confirm Trump’s statements.
Trump and Obama during better days Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
US President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wire-tapped his phone has caused a storm in the US. Political analysts are calling for Trump to cite evidence supporting his claims, while Trump’s statements have neither been confirmed by the White House nor by Obama. In response to the uproar, the Washington Post posted an analysis piece by Chris Cillizza titled “Donald Trump was a conspiracy-theory candidate. Now he’s a conspiracy-theory president.”
“No president can order a wiretap,” stated Obama’s former deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes refuting Trump’s accusation. “Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.”
— JerusalemOnline (@JOL_NEWS) March 4, 2017
Trump did not point to a credible source in order to support his accusation, which was supposedly based off of a report from the right-wing news website Breitbart. Trump’s White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon managed Breitbart in the past. The story reads that the Obama administration filed a request to monitor Trump’s campaign and successfully obtained it.