Trump’s rapid turnaround on claims that President Obama had his “wires tapped” seemed to indicate that maybe he knew how much trouble he was in for making wildly inaccurate and untrue statements.
During a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, Trump was asked by a German reporter about claims that Obama used British spies during the presidential election to gather secret information on Trump’s presidential campaign, a claim that the White House was forced to retract, although Trump has not admitted publicly that he had no proof of that claim, either. The reporter followed that question by asking Trump if he ever regretted the things he had tweeted.
Trump insisted that he didn’t.
The reporter then asked if Trump would like to walk back any of his claims about British spies or Obama’s “wiretapping,” which Trump recently said that he used only in “quotations” on Twitter because he didn’t literally mean “wiretapping,” just surveillance in general.
Trump’s answer shocked the room as he referenced the very real and very literal wiretapping of Merkel during Obama’s administration, comparing it to the surveillance that he doubled down and claimed again had been used against him.
‘As far as wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps.’
For his full answer, see video below:
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