GCHQ: Claim we bugged Donald Trump 'utterly ridiculous'

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Just under two weeks later, in an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, Trump appeared to walk back his original wiretapping allegations.

"Last, on Fox News on March 14th, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement", Spicer said during the daily White House briefing.

One U.S. official familiar with the discussions said the British complained to the White House about Spicer giving a platform to Napolitano's remarks.

The administration has struggled to justify Trump's charge for more than a week, as the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee jointly stated Thursday they've seen no evidence of any surveillance of Trump Tower.

The Number 10 spokesman said: "We've made clear to the administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored and we've received assurances they won't be repeated".

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

The White House wouldn't confirm whether the British government asked for Spicer to retract his remarks, or whether it was under consideration.

"I don't think we regret anything", Spicer said on Friday, according to CNN.

New York - McDonald's says it has determined that its account was "hacked by an external source" after it sent a message calling Donald Trump "a disgusting excuse of a President". He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency, he didn't use the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he didn't use the Department of Justice.

"And frankly, unless you can produce some compelling proof, then I think the president ― President Obama is owed an apology in that regard, because if he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did", added Cole, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee who remains a deputy whip in the House Republican conference.

In a rare public statement, Britain's GCHQ, Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, the equivalent of the US National Security Agency which monitors overseas electronic communications, said the claims should be ignored.

"He used GCHQ. What is that?" Mr Spicer conveyed his apology through Sir Kim Darroch, Britain's USA ambassador. It's the initials for the British Intelligence Spying Agency.

United Kingdom intelligence agencies work closely with their U.S. counterparts, as well as those in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as part of the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing agreement.

"The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Friday.

"Now, for the most part, I'm not going to discuss it because we have it before [the House Intelligence Committee] and we will be submitting things before the committee very soon that hasn't been submitted as of yet", he went on.

"But wiretap covers a lot of different things".

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