Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens as President Donald Trump speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington Friday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens as President Donald Trump speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington Friday

A top National Security Agency official called allegations that President Barack Obama directed a British spy agency to wiretap Donald Trump during the presidential campaign "arrant nonsense". Spicer, speaking with reporters following Trump's news conference, said: "I don't think we regret anything".

The statements came after White House press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the committees' findings during a press briefing Thursday, but also said, citing Trump, that "there would be additional information coming forward", and "the investigation by the House and the Senate has not been provided all of the information".

The president said the United States must be paid more for providing defence in a tweet he posted while at his weekend retreat in Florida.

The White House released a statement shortly after Trump leveled the accusations "requesting that. the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016".

These are the claims that GCHQ have called "utterly ridiculous" and advises should be ignored.

"Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command".

It was not immediately clear what prompted the senators' statements Thursday. But Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won praise for the deft way in which he prevented this by bracing himself on Trump's right shoulder, controlling it and making the first move to disengage from the handshake.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television", Trump said, referring to analyst Andrew Napolitano.

Syria fires missiles at Israeli jets after airstrikes
The Jordanian military said the debris came from the Israeli interception of missiles fired from Syria. Israeli aerial defense systems intercepted one of the missiles, the army said, without elaborating.

The White House on Thursday stood by President Donald Trump's unproven accusations that his predecessor wiretapped his NY skyscraper, despite growing bipartisan agreement that there's no evidence to back up the claim and mounting pressure to retract the statement.

The conversation was "cordial" and McMaster described Spicer's comment as "unintentional", the official said.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by Obama.

But Trump declined to offer an apology for the claims, which the British government derided as "ridiculous".

NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett told BBC News in an interview published Saturday that the claim showed "a complete lack of understanding in how the relationship works".

The House Intelligence Committee has requested any evidence of a wiretap from the Justice Department by Monday.

For its part, the Justice Department said it had fulfilled its duty.

Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a statement late Friday that said his panel is "satisfied" that the Justice Department "has fully complied" with its request related to the "possible surveillance" of Trump and his associates.

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