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Donald Trump is doing Russia’s bidding by repeatedly pushing GCHQ wiretap claims, says former US ambassador

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London Independent
March 20, 2017

Donald Trump is doing Russia’s bidding by repeating allegations that the British intelligence services helped wiretap Trump Tower during the 2016 election, the former UK ambassador to the US has said.

During a press conference with Angela Merkel on Friday, the President again said he believed a story – which first emerged on state broadcaster Russia Today (RT) – that Barack Obama authorised GCHQ to surveil the then-Republican candidate’s communications.

Such claims were not only “nonsense”, but risked undermining the decades-old working relationship between American and British intelligence officials, senior UK diplomat Sir Peter Westmacott told the BBC’s Today programme.

Sir Peter, who was ambassador to the US until he stepped down last year, said Mr Trump risked doing “very serious damage” to the defence of both countries by refusing to accept British assurances that the story was not true.

“Does he believe this stuff, or does he just trot it out because he’s seen it on Fox News?” Sir Peter asked.

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