Just a day after President Donald Trump accepted an invite for a proper state go to to the U.Ok., he repeated on Twitter an outdated allegation that the U.S. ally’s intelligence providers assisted the Obama administration in spying on his presidential marketing campaign.
GCHQ, the British intelligence service specializing in communications, instantly hit again on the declare pushed by Trump on social media.
“As we have previously stated, the allegations that GCHQ was asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then president elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored,” a GCHQ spokesperson informed Newsweek in a press release.
Trump tweeted a line taken from the right-wing One America News Network, which cited conspiracy theorist Larry Johnson, who as soon as labored for the CIA and State Department.
The president wrote: “‘Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson accuses United Kingdom Intelligence of helping Obama Administration Spy on the 2016 Trump Presidential Campaign.’ @OANN WOW! It is now just a question of time before the truth comes out, and when it does, it will be a beauty!”
Downing Street and the White House didn’t reply instantly to Newsweek’s requests for remark.
The allegation first emerged in 2017 through Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, who claimed British intelligence assisted the Obama administration in wiretapping New York City’s Trump Tower in the course of the election marketing campaign.
It transpired that Johnson was a source for that declare. Johnson is an everyday on Russian state media and is the person behind the infamous “Whitey Tape” hoax towards Michelle Obama, who he steered had been recorded making remarks about white folks.
Trump has repeated the unverified claims that the Obama administration wiretapped his constructing and that the British helped in doing so.
His newest tweet comes after Queen Elizbaeth II prolonged an invite to the White House of a proper state go to by President Trump to the U.Ok., which the White House accepted. Trump will go to the U.Ok. between June three and 5.
“This state visit will reaffirm the steadfast and special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” the White House stated in a press release.
But Trump faces mass protests upon his arrival within the U.Ok. much like these throughout his two-day working go to in 2018.
Nick Dearden, who helped manage London’s earlier protests towards Trump, informed Newsweek that plans had been already underway for when the president arrives, together with a “big demo.”
“It’s up to us, again, to say Trump is not welcome, and to make his visit as unpleasant as possible. We’re going to aim for maximum disruption,” Dearden, of the Stop Trump Coalition, stated.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks throughout an occasion on the White House, April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump tweeted a declare that the U.Ok. intelligence providers helped the Obama administration to spy on his marketing campaign. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Image