Trump’s Wiretapping Claims
President Trump Continues To Make Wild Accusations of former President Barack Obama
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President Donald Trump has been at odds with former president Barack Obama ever since the 2008 election. Trump has made his distaste for the former president especially clear by releasing various wild and unbiased claims about him, the most controversial of which being Trump’s furtherance of the birther movement, which claimed Obama was born in Kenya rather than the United States.
Recently, Trump has made another one of these claims on his personal twitter.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” This tweet, as Trump tweets generally do, sparked remarkable controversy in American politics.
The president’s cabinet has had some varied reactions dealing with this delicate situation. Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, performed some mental gymnastics for his press briefing, trying his best to placate frustrated journalists.
Though Spicer’s tornado of words and damage control was lengthy and confusing, all the press secretary got across was that everyone misunderstood Trump’s meaning behind his tweet. He hurriedly elaborated by saying “wire tapping,” with the space included, was very different from “wiretapping,” with no space. This did not help.
Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, discussed surveillance in an interview after the tweet. While discussing all the different methods of modern day surveillance, she made yet another controversial statement, claiming that there are “microwaves that turn into cameras.” This did not help either.
Trump’s use of the term “McCarthyism” only furthers the outrage behind his claim. Not only does McCarthyism have nothing to do with the allegations, it screams irony. McCarthyism is generally described as the baseless accusations made out of paranoia to damage someone’s character, which many people consider to be exactly what Trump is displaying with the tweet. This trifecta caused many in the political world to disapprove the Trump administration further.
In the first official investigation statement, the House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes gave his verdict after brief consideration of the allegation.
“I don’t believe Trump was tapped, we don’t have any evidence that that took place.” This is the first verdict from an official investigation released so far. FBI Director James Comey will be testifying on March 20 on the matter.
If nothing else, Donald Trump and his cabinet have displayed one skill they possess over all others, and that is making very entertaining and somewhat terrifying drama for the masses.