VOA: White House Moderates Wiretapping Allegations, Urges Further Investigation
WHITE HOUSE — White House spokesman Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump did not mean to imply that former President Barack Obama tapped his phone during the presidential campaign.
Speaking at Monday's White House briefing, Spicer attempted to moderate statements the president has made on Twitter suggesting Obama ordered surveillance of his New York City hotel.
"He doesn't really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally," Spicer said.
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Update #1: White House appears to soften Trump's claim on wiretapping -- AP
Update #2: Sean Spicer Seeks to Clarify Trump's Wiretapping Comments -- NBC
WNU Editor: White House spokesman Sean Spicer's remarks are just as confusing on this issue as the press has been in explaining how they got intercepts of the Trump team from last year. Someone was monitoring the Trump team .... so why is it so hard for us to know who that was. As for Sean Spicer .... I guess he is still recovering from this .... Spicey ambushed: Sean Spicer is confronted in an Apple Store by Indian-American woman who calls Trump a 'fascist' - and then accuses the press secretary of racism after he tells her America 'allows you to be here' (Daily Mail).
Update: Trump administration wants more time to give Intel committee wiretapping proof (The Hill).