BRITAIN’S GCHQ spy agency last night blasted Donald Trump’s “utterly ridiculous” claim that the UK spied on him during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The US President repeated the sensational allegation in a tweet yesterday – just a day after it was confirmed he would be making a state visit to Britain in June.
Reuters Donald Trump rehashed discredited allegations claiming that he was spied on by Britain
Trump cited right-wing conspiracy website One America News as he alleged Britain spied on him
In a trademark Trump tirade, the president quoted the right-wing conspiracy website One America News Network before insisting the “truth” will come out over the spying claims.
It cited a controversial former CIA analyst who accused UK agencies of helping the Obama administration spy on Trump’s election campaign.
The president added: “WOW! It is now just a question of time before the truth comes out, and when it does, it will be a beauty!”
But GCHQ – Britain’s electronic espionage agency – responded by referring to a statement it issued when similar allegations surfaced in 2017.
GCHQ dismissed the claim that it was asked to conduct “wiretapping” against the then president-elect as “nonsense”.
The statement added: “They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
The bizarre accusation comes just a day after it was revealed Trump would be undertaking a state visit this summer.
There are suggestions that Mr Trump may be hoping to ramp up tensions ahead of the trip in a bid to improve his leverage in any political discussions which may take place.
But Downing Street last night denied that the spying row risked casting a shadow over the visit.
The US and UK are long-standing partners. We do more together than any two countries in the worldDowning Street spokesman
Asked if Theresa May feared Mr Trump’s tweet would “sour” his trip to Britain, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “No.
“The US and UK are long-standing partners. We do more together than any two countries in the world.
“We share intelligence that we do not share with other allies.
“That unparalleled sharing of intelligence between our countries has undoubtedly saved British lives.
“A state visit is an opportunity to strengthen our ties.”
The spokesman declined to make any comment on the contents of Mr Trump’s tweet, on the grounds that he never discussed security issues in public.
Asked whether GCHQ was speaking on behalf of the Government, he replied: “GCHQ is indeed part of the Government.”NO ROYAL STAY
Meanwhile, it was claimed yesterday that Donald and Melania Trump will not stay at Buckingham Palace during their state visit.
Royal sources reportedly said the Monarch can’t let the president stop over as the palace’s East Wing will be closed during a £365m renovation.
Buckingham Palace revealed that the Trumps will visit the UK for three days from June 3rd to the 5th – which is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
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It comes more than two years after Theresa May first offered the visit when they met in January 2017 at the White House.
President Trump made a two-day working visit to the UK last July – where he met The Queen and spoke exclusively to The Sun.
He sensationally revealed that a trade deal with the US could be off the table – and criticised her over Brexit talks.
AP:Associated Press President Trump and the Queen inspect the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle last summer
Reuters Donald Trump and the first Lady Melania Trump leave the US ambassador’s residence, Winfield House, last July
AP:Associated Press Donald Trump will come to the UK for a state visit at the start of June
Getty – Contributor The Trumps will most likely take up residence at Winfield House
SWNS:South West News Service Thousands of people demonstrated against the US President during his last visit in 2018
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