According to The Wall Street Journal, former President Obama was furious after Donald Trump sent tweets accusing him of wiretapping Trump Tower before the presidential election.
An aide to Obama told the Wall Street Journal the former president had decided he would not respond to every one of Trump’s tweets. But people familiar with Obama’s thinking told the WSJ he was livid after Trump posted several tweets early Saturday morning making serious accusations.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump first tweeted on Saturday, without evidence.
An Obama spokesman later responded:
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Trump’s allegations have widened a rift between Trump and his predecessor, according to the report, who made an effort to be cordial during the transition.
Trump also reportedly believes that officials loyal to Obama have been behind the leaks coming out of the administration.