On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had a questionable attempt to clean up after the president’s latest tweetstorm, i.e. the one revolving around wiretapping accusations. He said that Trump used quotes when writing the word “wiretapping” in a series of controversial tweets for a reason.
He Wrote Wiretapping ‘in Quotes’
In Spicer’s version of the story, Trump did not want to suggest his predecessor Barack Obama literally tapped his phones during the presidential campaign. Instead, Trump suggested there were “actions about surveillance” against him.
The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities,
Spicer said Monday to a perplexed audience.
According to Collins dictionary, “wiretapping” means “to tap (a telephone wire, etc.) to get information secretly or underhandedly.” Spicer also said that Trump did not point the finger at Obama but at his administration. Nevertheless, Trump did tweet that Obama was a “sick guy” for wiretapping him in Trump Tower.
Spicer’s defense of Trump comes on the same day the Justice Department’s time was up to sent the wiretapping evidence to the House Intelligence Committee to support the president’s allegations. The Trump administration has declined to produce the evidence, while multiple administration officials said there wasn’t any warrant to wiretap Trump’s phones.
About a week ago, Spicer told reporters the president’s tweets spoke for themselves and declined to further comment. Yet, on Monday, he was more willing to provide an explanation, saying that Trump told him he was thinking about the broad meaning of surveillance when he accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower.
Trump’s Tweets Quite Self-Explanatory
The president made the accusation in four different tweets, in which it is pretty obvious he was referring to phone tapping. He used quotes in just two of the tweets. In a first tweet, he said he just found out his predecessor had his “wires tapped” in his New York residence “just before the victory.”
Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president?
he wrote in a second tweet.
Next, he tweeted the former president “was tapping my phones in October.” He also blasted Obama for sinking to a “new low” when he ordered his administration to tap his phones.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
However, Spicer was not the only administration official to come with an interpretation of the controversial tweets despite the president’s clear wording. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said in a recent interview that the CIA might have used the recently revealed-espionage methods on Trump during the presidential campaign.
When one reporter asked Conway if she knew for sure that Trump Tower was wiretapped, she replied that there are “many ways to surveil each other”. She added that tapping phones is one way of doing it, but surveillance can occur via TVs and even through “microwaves that turn into cameras.”
Conway was probably referring to recent WikiLeaks revelations that the CIA can spy on unknowing citizens by planting bugs on their smartphones, smart TVs, and even their cars’ infotainment systems. Here is just another example of “alternative facts” that are just flowing out of the White House and hopefully with the public hearing set to start soon it will completely unravel.
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