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Trump sidesteps blame over wiretap row

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March 18, 2017

Donald Trump is standing by unproven claims that the Obama administration tapped his phones.

President Donald Trump says he "very seldom" regrets anything he tweets, brushing off questions about his claims without evidence that his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, wiretapped him during last year's presidential campaign.

Trump, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said on Friday "at least we have something in common", apparently referring to reports during Obama's presidency that the United States bugged her phone. Congressional leaders from both political parties say they do not believe Trump was wiretapped.

Trump also deflected criticism about a White House official who on Thursday repeated a charge that a British intelligence agency helped Obama wiretap Trump.

Trump said Press Secretary Sean Spicer was merely quoting a Fox News analyst when he made the comments.

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