If you slept in on Saturday morning, odds are you woke up to news that President Donald Trump had accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phone before the inauguration.
Trump sent out an early morning tweet-storm in which he expressed disappointment at the former president for his alleged actions.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” President Trump wrote. It’s unclear how President Trump’s usage of the word “McCarthyism,” was related to his problems with President Obama. McCarthyism is historically defined as a movement in the 1940s and 1950s led by Senator Joe McCarthy to identify communist sympathizers in the United States.
Following news of Trump’s allegations, President Obama’s spokesman issued the following statement on behalf of the 44th president.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Kevin Lewis wrote.
“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
President Trump has not yet provided any proof or explanation as to why he believes his phone was tapped.