Ex-UK ambassador to US calls Trump’s wiretap claims ‘damaging'

The former British ambassador to the United States has rejected claims by US President Donald Trump about the UK’s involvement in alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower by the administration of former President Barack Obama in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Sir Peter Westmacott said Sunday that the claims are nonsensical and “gratuitously damaging” to UK-US ties, as cited in a Guardian report.

“This is a dangerous game,” Westmacott wrote for the daily. “The intelligence relationship between Britain and America is unique and precious. It is critical to our shared efforts to counter terrorism.”

“Gratuitously damaging it by peddling falsehoods and then doing nothing to set the record straight would be a gift to our enemies they could only dream of.”

On March 4, the New York billionaire attacked Obama in a tweet, claiming that he had “tapped” his phone while he was busy campaigning for the November 8 vote, further suggesting…

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