Trump Offers No Apology for Claim on British Spying

Ok, earlier I posted that the White House had apologized to the British government and I said that must have killed Trump. Now Trump is saying he never apologized and then blames FoxNews:

WASHINGTON — President Trump refused to back down on Friday after his White House aired an unverified claim that Britain’s spy agency secretly monitored him during last year’s campaign at the behest of President Barack Obama.

Although his aides in private conversations since Thursday night had tried to calm British officials who were livid over the claim, Mr. Trump made clear that he felt the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for. He said his spokesman was simply repeating an assertion made by a Fox News commentator.

“We said nothing,” Mr. Trump told a German reporter who asked about the matter at a joint White House news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel. “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it.” He added: “You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”

White House Apologizes to British Government Over Spying Claims

Trump must be chewing on the furniture at the moment given Fuckface von Clownstick’s reluctance to ever apologize.

Washington (CNN)The White House has apologized to the British government after alleging that a UK intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump at the behest of former President Barack Obama.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster spoke with his British counterpart on Thursday about press secretary Sean Spicer’s comment from the White House podium about a Fox News report that said British intelligence helped wiretap Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, a White House official said Friday.
The official described the conversation as “cordial” where McMaster described Spicer’s comment as “unintentional.”

McMaster also told his counterpart that “their concerns were understood and heard and it would be relayed to the White House.”

The official said there were “at least two calls” from British officials on Thursday and that the British ambassador to the United States called Spicer to discuss the comment.

“Sean was pointing to the breadth of reporting, not endorsing any specific story,” the official said.

A senior administration official told CNN that Spicer and McMaster offered what amounted to an apology to the British government.

As I Was Just Saying

I just posted about how the GOP can’t handle diplomatic softballs like a St Patrick’s Day visit by the Irish Prime Minister. Well, the UK seems to be a bit pissy for some reason now that the White House was blaming the “wire tapping” on the UK intelligence.

British officials complained to the White House Thursday after press secretary Sean Spicer cited a Fox News commentator’s report claiming former President Barack Obama had enlisted U.K. intelligence to spy on President Donald Trump.

Andrew Napolitano, a legal pundit for Fox News who has advised the current president, claimed during a March 14 telecast that three intelligence sources told the network Obama personally appealed to the British Government Communications Headquarters, known as the GCHQ, to spy on Trump. Spicer highlighted the report in a list of media accounts he read to reporters during his briefing on Thursday, arguing that the stories helped validate the president’s unsubstantiated allegation that his predecessor had surveilled him.

British officials have categorically denied Napolitano’s reporting, and Spicer’s decision to cite it from the White House podium threatened to strain relations between the transatlantic allies.

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.

A second U.S. official confirmed there were multiple contacts between high levels of the U.K. and U.S. governments after Spicer’s remarks. The official said the conversations have been friendly and not acrimonious and both nations are committed to ironing out the situation.

Trump’s Tax Return

I haven’t really been paying too much attention to Maddow’s drop of a few pages of Trump’s tax return from 2005 because I needed a break from the news for a day. (Back to work today after being snowed in yesterday). But I just love that the White House has confirmed that it is Trump’s tax returns and then Trump tweets this:

How can it be “fake news” when you confirmed that it is real. You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

After Pledging to Donate Salary, Trump Declines to Release Proof

The thing is, nobody would really care if he took the salary. That he went out of his way to say he was going to donate it to charity and now isn’t providing proof isn’t even shocking. Every thing he says is a lie:

President Donald Trump pledged to forego a presidential salary, but as his second payday approaches, the White House is declining to say if the president has donated any of his earnings yet.

During the campaign, Trump promised he would take “no salary” if elected — a pledge he reiterated after he won.

“I’m not going to the take the salary,” he told “60 Minutes” in November.

The Constitution, however, requires that the president receive a salary, and that it not be reduced during his term. Federal law mandates the president receive a $400,000 annual salary, paid out once a month.

Trump aides have previously said Trump would donate his salary to the Treasury Department or a charity.