Alienating our strongest allies does not faze Donald Trump, until now. Britain has just fallen under the president’s latest attack. Attempting to cover up his brutal twitter error, resulted in a royal screwup, and Americans came down hard on him in a twitterfest.
Thursday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer accused the British equivalent of our CIA, GCHQ, of being the tool of President Obama. The press secretary said that Trump’s source was Fox News. Spicer announced the attack on Britain during Thursday’s White House briefing, according to Britain’s The Telegraph News:
‘He’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on it. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command – he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice – he used GCHQ.’
Ever in clean-up mode, Trump’s team assured Britain that the president will not ever accuse the country’s best friend of spying with President Barack Obama in a wild wiretapping scheme again.
Spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May, the British leader who walked the White House grounds hand-in-hand with Donald Trump told The Telegraph News to ignore the attack:
‘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. 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.’
A spokesperson for GCHQ scorned the claim, saying it was “utterly ridiculous.”
Since then, the US offered Britain a unique formal apology, The Telegraph News reported:
‘Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct “wiretapping” against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.’
The Telegraph sources indicated that Spicer and the US National Security Adviser General McMaster both apologized. McMaster reached the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor Sir Mark Lyall Grant with his apology. Spicer sent his regrets to Britain’s US Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch. The publication reported:
‘The apology came direct from them.’
This is a first from the insecure new man in the White House. Hopefully, it will not be his last. Americans expressed their dismay with the twitter-in-chief in a tweet storm of their own:
If the Trump administration can't even get along with Britain, what the hell hope do we have of dealing with Iran and N.Korea. F*ck's sake!
— Cribbis (@Cribbis) March 17, 2017
Britain, Australia, Mexico, Canada: no shortage of key allies that the Trump White House has angered/insulted. Not even two months in
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) March 17, 2017
This is a crazy way to conduct foreign policy. https://t.co/jD2icQsyZx
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 17, 2017
That moment when you forget the whole world is watching every step you make…
— Eli5 Ftfy Facepalm (@FTFYFacePalm) March 17, 2017
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