During a White House press conference on Friday, President Trump claimed that he and Angela Merkel have something in common when it comes to wiretaps… and it’s Former President Obama.
A German reporter asked Trump questions about his accusations that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. He looked at Merkel, a German politician and current Chancellor of Germany, and said:
“As far as wiretapping, at least we have something in common, perhaps.”
America’s POTUS was referencing a scandal that took place in 2013. It involved Der Spiegel, a German newsmagazine, which published reports that claimed then-President Obama gave American intelligence authorization to wiretap the phone of Merkel. This supposedly happened after a 2000 briefing by Keith Alexander, the NSA director at the time.
The Daily Caller reports:
The publication based its claims on a trove of documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and said they were legitimate enough that German intelligence confronted the United States over it.
An “angry” Merkel placed a “strongly worded” call to Obama when she found out about the eavesdropping allegations, which she told him were “totally unacceptable” if true.