Tripling down on President Trump’s early-morning weekend tweet about President Obama wiretapping him at Trump Tower, both Trump himself and press secretary Sean Spicer reiterated that Obama’s tapping was real, and that they have nothing for which to apologize. At a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump told the press that they shouldn’t be directing questions to him about his press secretary’s accusations of British wiretapping involvement; instead, he said, “You should be talking to Fox.”
Trump said he “very seldom” tweeted things he regrets, and added, “As far as wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps.” Merkel looked deeply uncomfortable. Trump stated, “We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. So you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.”
Meanwhile, Spicer told the press, “I don’t think we regret anything,” and denied media reports of an apology to the British government.
This is the worst of the Trump administration. Trump’s rule is simple: never back down, never apologize, and never admit fault. Triple down.
He’s doing that right now, and he’s looking more and more bizarre while doing it. There is no evidence available that Obama wiretapped Trump. As far as Trump’s statements about Judge Andrew Napolitano, who reported on Fox News that GCHQ had helped in the Obama wiretapping, Trump is the head of the federal government. Presumably, he should ask some members of his intelligence community to check out such accusations before thrusting his press secretary out to repeat them publicly, then defending the accusations by stating that they were the work of a “very talented legal mind.” Napolitano, it should be noted, has defended 9/11 conspiracy theories in the past while speaking with Alex Jones.
But this is typical Trump. It’s the same Trump who supported the National Enquirer’s utterly false accusations that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He hasn’t changed.
And he’s not going to change.
But as president, what he says on foreign policy matters. And undermining his own credibility as president on idiocies like this simply make his job harder.