White House 'apologises to Britain in u-turn over GCHQ wiretapping claims'

White House reportedly apologises to Britain in u-turn over GCHQ wiretapping claims

The White House has assured the UK Government the GCHQ allegations won't be repeated

Friday, March 17, 2017

The White House has reportedly issued an apology to Britain over claims GCHQ was involved in the alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower. 

Donald Trump claimed his predecessor had tapped his phones on Twitter early in March, but GCHQ was dragged into the storm by Andrew Napolitano, a former judge who claimed Barack Obama had hired them to do the job. 

Despite the Senate Intelligence Committee saying there was no evidence to suggest the President's phones had ever been tapped, White House Press secretary Sean Spicer repeated the allegations against GCHQ in a press conference. 

GCHQ dismissed this in a rare statement, and now the US government has been moved to say sorry, according to the Daily Telegraph.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May, while not confirming if an apology was issued, has said the Government has received assurances the allegations will not be repeated. 

He said: "We have clarified to the Trump administration the claims are ridiculous and should be ignored.

"We have a special relationship with the White House which allows us to raise concerns when they arise.

"We have received assurances these allegations won't be repeated, which shows the administration doesn't give them credence."