Spicer says quotes legitimize Trumps unconfirmed wiretapping claims The Guardian

“The White House was forced on to the back foot again on Monday over Donald Trumpu2019s unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama, basing its latest argument on the US presidentu2019s use of quotation marks in a tweet.
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More than two weeks after Trump fired off early morning messages levelling the unprecedented allegation against his predecessor, the media seem determined not to let him slip free of the controversy as he has others in the past.
Pressured again on the issue at Mondayu2019s White House briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said: u201cHe doesnu2019t really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally. But I think thereu2019s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. That is a widely reported activity that occurred back then.u201d
In a shift of position, Spicer then conceded: u201cThe president used the word u2018wiretappedu2019 in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities during that. It is interesting how many news outlets reported that this activity was taking place during the 2016 election cycle and now are wondering where the proof is. It is many of the same outlets in this room that talked about the activities that were going on back then.u201d
One of Trumpu2019s tweets on 4 March did indeed use quotation marks when it said: u201cTerrible! Just found out that Obama had my u2018wires tappedu2019 in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!u201d
But another tweet less than half an hour later did not use quotation marks: u201cHow low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!u201d”

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