White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that President Donald Trump means what he says. Except when he doesn’t.
This includes when Trump uses quotes around his words, Spicer told reporters.
He was referring to a series of tweets that Trump wrote earlier this month, in which he accused his predecessor, President Barack Obama, of wiretapping the phones at Trump’s campaign headquarters last fall. The president hasn’t provided any evidence to support his claims.
On Monday, Spicer insisted that when Trump used the term “wiretap,” he meant any sort of surveillance. “There’s a whole host of things that fall into the category [of wire-tapping],” he said, and “a wide range of ways in which somebody can be monitored or followed up on.”
This, however, is incorrect. Wiretapping is a specific term used to refer to a third party intercepting telephone or internet conversations and or monitoring them.
“President Obama was tapping my phones,” Trump wrote in the wee hours of March 4. “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower,” he also wrote. One day after he posted the tweets, Trump publicly asked Congress to investigate his unfounded accusation.
Source: Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie