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White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday denied apologizing to Britain for citing a Fox News report that claimed a United Kingdom intelligence agency helped former President Obama spy on Trump Tower.

Leaders of both the House and Senate intelligence committees, including from Trump’s Republican party, have said they have found no evidence to substantiate Trump’s claims that Obama ordered US agencies to spy on Trump or his entourage.

The White House tried to soothe an angry Britain after suggesting that President Barack Obama used London’s spy agency to conduct secret surveillance on President Donald Trump while he was a candidate past year.

“They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored”, the spokesman said.

The claim of collusion between the former administration and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters was originally made by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News.

“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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and he didn’t use the Department of Justice – he used GCHQ”. “He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the Central Intelligence Agency. he used GCHQ, ‘” Spicer told journalists.

Spicer’s comments Thursday came after the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said they had not seen any evidence to back up the president’s allegations that Obama had spied on him.

“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”.

May’s spokesman pointed to the limits on employing intelligence capabilities imposed on Britain and the US-along with Australia, Canada and New Zealand-under the so-called “Five Eyes” pact.

Struggling to justify Trump’s charge that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, the White House repeated Thursday allegations that a British spy service wiretapped the President at the orders of former President Barack Obama. It’s the initials for the British Intelligence Spying Agency.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing unnamed intelligence sources, reported on its website that Spicer and Trump’s national security adviser Lieutenant General Herbert McMaster had made formal apologies to Britain.

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee have said they have yet to see any evidence of wiretapping, but have yet to flatly rule out all surveillance.

Trump sparked a furore with the March 4 tweets that accused Obama of ordering a wiretap on the NY skyscraper where he and his family live and run his real estate empire. “Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory”. “I don’t think there was a tapping of Trump Tower”.

“You shouldn’t be talking to me”.

He said he also watched Fox News’ Bret Baier talking about wiretapping the night before his tweets.

Trump told Fox his Twitter comment “really covers surveillance and many other things”.

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