White House Makes Formal Apology To Britain Over Spying Accusation
by Tyler Durden
Mar 17, 2017
Just hours after the furious British spy agency slammed the White House for Sean Spicer’s claim, made first on Tuesday by Fox News’ judge Andrew Napolitano, that the UK’s spy agency GCHQ had helped Trump spy on Obama, calling it claim “utterly ridiculous”, the US has made a formal apology to Britain, the Telegraph and Sky News reported.
Intelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims. “The apology came direct from them,” a source said. General McMaster contacted Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister’s National Security adviser, to apologise for the comments. Mr Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s US ambassador.
Sky News adds that the White House has assured UK Prime Minister Theresa May that it will not repeat claims that GCHQ spied on Donald Trump, a spokesman for Downing 10 said.
“We’ve made clear to the administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored and we’ve received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated,” the spokesman told reporters. “We have a close special relationship with the White House and that allows us to raise concerns as and when they arise as was true in this case.”