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MARCH 19, 2017

     The meeting was a tale of two sides.  President Trump on Friday once again suggested former President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 election, joking during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that they have "something in common."   The president briefly touched on the wiretapping comment controversy when asked by a reporter about his allegations from earlier this month. “At least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump quipped.

     Trump’s comment was a reference to 2013 reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had listened in on Merkel’s phone calls. An inquiry was launched into the allegations after former NSA worker Edward Snowden revealed details of the secret U.S. eavesdropping programs.  Merkel declared at the time that “spying among friends” was unacceptable. The incident blemished an otherwise strong diplomatic relationship between Obama and Merkel.

     At the same press conference Friday, Trump also was asked about claims originally made by a Fox News analyst regarding British intelligence services.  "We said nothing," Trump said. "All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for [the claim].” Trump was referring to a report by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News’ senior judicial analyst, charging that British intelligence services were involved in the alleged spying of then-candidate Trump.
 
 
 

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