Donald Trump Poorly Defended and Walked Back Baseless Obama Wiretapping Allegation
Type: Demonstrates Lack of KnowledgeMar 15 2017 Severity: About: Barack Obama
& Obama Administration
Tucker Carlson of Fox News interviewed President Trump just over a week after Trump took to Twitter to accuse former President Obama of illegally wiretapping Trump Tower during the election. When Tucker asked where he got his information, Trump said "Well, I've been reading about things," referring to a New York Times article, in which the article never actually mentioned Obama doing anything illegal. Carlson also asked him why not wait to tweet until you talk to actual intelligence agencies to which Trump said he didn't want to bother them.
Quote | His 'intel' came from news articles that he misinterpreted and misquoted.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Trump was asked by Carlson, "So on March 4th, 6:35 in the morning, you're down in Florida and you tweet the former administration wiretapped me, surveilled me at Trump Tower during the last election. How did you find out?"
Trump: "Well, I've been reading about things. I read in, I think it was January 20 a "New York Times" article where they were talking about wiretapping. There was an article, I think they used that exact term. I read other things. I watched your friend Bret Baier the day previous where he was talking about certain very complex sets of things happening, and wiretapping. I said, ‘Wait a minute; there's a lot of wiretapping being talked about.’ I've been seeing a lot of things."