Bloomberg: White House Refuses to Explain Trump’s Obama-Wiretap Claim

The essence of good surveillance requires those under observation not realizing an operation is underway. US President Donald Trump released social-media messages maintaining, without offering evidence, that he had just learned former President Barack Obama had ordered surveillance of Trump Tower in New York City. The messages force the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other security officials to answer uncomfortable questions about procedures. His staff showed no knowledge of details, only suggesting that “something happened” and further discussions put the administration in “a difficult place.” Courts must approve wiretap operations; an Obama spokesperson and security officials from his administration deny the charge. An unusual number of Trump campaign officials had Russian connections, and the administration's messaging intensifies worries about Russian intervention during the US election, now under investigation. Trump and his staff disparaged US democratic processes during the campaign and since. The US president has access to state-of-the art research and could declassify a report, but Trump relies on news sources lacking in credibility. A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency during the George W. Bush administration commented, “It looks as if the president, just for a moment, forgot that he was president.” World leaders and his own staff are in an ongoing struggle to be polite about opinions issued by the commander-in-chief of the world’s largest military. Reckless comments distract from global challenges, putting the United States and its allies in a vulnerable position. – YaleGlobal

Bloomberg: White House Refuses to Explain Trump's Obama-Wiretap Claim

Relying on news sources that lack credibility, Trump claims Obama ordered surveillance on Trump Tower and fuels worry about Russian intervention in US election
Ben Brody, Jennifer Jacobs, and Justin Sink
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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