Donald Trump has continued to defend his allegations that his New York offices were wiretapped by the Obama administration.
"As far as wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common," Trump said during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, referencing disclosures during the Obama administration that Merkel's phone had been compromised by US intelligence agencies.
Trump, however, refuted claims that his government was also casting suspicion on Britain's intelligence service for reportedly working with the Obama administration on the alleged surveillance of Trump offices.
"We said nothing; all we did was quote a very talented legal mind," Trump said, referring to a controversial Fox News story by commentator Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano had alleged that former US President Barack Obama used Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to conduct surveillance on Trump.
British government officials denied the accusation after White House spokesperson Sean Spicer on Thursday offered the report as evidence that the surveillance took place.
The GCHQ termed the claims as 'nonsense' with British premier Theresa May calling them 'ridiculous.'
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said on air after Donald Trump's news conference that the news network cannot confirm Napolitano's account. The network also stated that it does not have any substantial evidence that Trump was put under surveillance by the Obama administration.
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday refuted Trump's claims that the Trump Tower was put under surveillance by the Obama administration.
A day earlier, the House Intelligence Committee offered similar views, leaving the White House on its own in asserting the monitoring claims.