White House defends Trump's wiretapping claim, playing down FBI's Russia-link probe

Angie Massey
March 21, 2017

President Donald Trump plans to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to make an in-person pitch for House Republican lawmakers to support a GOP plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

"President Obama has a major meeting on the NYC Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but chose to play golf!"

Since taking office, however, Trump, an avid golfer who is reportedly a better player than his predecessor, has not shied away from his favourite pastime.

The tweet appeared to suggest that the Obama administration was behind leaks about Mr Flynn's contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US.

"There's still a lot of information that needs to be discussed", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said about Trump's wiretapping accusation at his daily press briefing, soon after Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey told a congressional hearing Monday that he had no information supporting the president's wiretapping claim.

President Donald Trump spent seven hours this weekend at Trump International Golf Club, where a crisp breeze and cloudless skies beckoned golf lovers to the manicured 27-hole course.

"There was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower", Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of U.S. House Select Intelligence Committee, said at the beginning of the hearing on Monday.

Last month, after White House officials told reporters that he had "played a couple of holes" at his West Palm Beach course, a photograph emerged of the president posing with Rory McIlroy, the professional golfer, along with reports that they had played 18 holes.

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"How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about".

Except that Obama also played a round with an Asian leader - in 2014, when he hit the links with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during Obama's winter vacation in Hawaii.

Spokesman Sean Spicer said that "where ever the president goes, (he) carries the apparatus of the White House".

Trump's aides have not done so.

President Trump plays golf in Florida on February 11, 2017.

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"So many people (are) jumping to the conclusion that he was going down and playing golf".

The White House refused to provide any details.

"He meant to play a few holes and made a decision to play longer", Sanders said, noting that Trump had also "had a full day of meetings, calls and interviews" to choose a new national security adviser. "The president is entitled to a bit of privacy at some point", Spicer said.

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