Insiders report that former President Obama is “livid” about the baseless claims that he had illegal wiretaps placed in Trump Tower. Wednesday, White House officials also seemed frustrated about having to repeatedly answer questions about the ongoing Russian meddling investigations.
An Obama spokesman publicly declared Trump’s accusations completely false. They say the former US president would never have order illegal surveillance to be conducted on any American citizen. The Wall Street Journal reported that Obama was privately fuming.
The press has nicknamed the situation ‘Obamagate’ because of its resemblance to Watergate. In the eyes of Barack Obama, Trump’s unfounded claims are a direct insult to the integrity of the office of the President of the United States.
NY Daily News reports:
NBC News reported that Obama merely “rolled his eyes” when he heard about Trump’s wiretapping claims.
A person familiar with Obama’s thinking told the network that the former prez felt Trump’s accusations “undermine the integrity of the office of the President” but not Obama’s “own integrity,” because Obama “didn’t do it.”
Obama is “much more concerned by President Trump kicking people off their health insurance, not staffing the government, not being prepared for a crisis, rolling back regulations so that corporations can pollute the air and water and letting mentally unstable people buy guns with no problems whatsoever,” the person told NBC News.
Obama was an outspoken critic of Trump throughout the campaign, but after the mogul’s victory, the two met several times. Obama, however, said at his final press conference that he would speak out if he felt “core values” were being compromised.
Trump, despite a handful of warm words for Obama following their meetings, has in recent days unleashed on his successor on Twitter, not only accusing Obama, without providing evidence, of the surveillance and calling him a “bad (or sick) guy,” but also criticizing him for being soft on Russia, and claiming, inaccurately, that 122 prisoners the Obama administration had released from Guantanamo Bay had “returned to the battlefield.”
But on Wednesday, the dominant emotions emanating from the White House appeared to be frustration — and confusion.