Donald Trump is someone who has said a lot of controversial statements and falsehoods with no evidence and even as the President of the United States, he is not letting up in this regard. His latest defamation is against Barack Obama, his predecessor who is no stranger to accusations by Donald Trump. President Trump has now accused Barack Obama, with no proof, of wire-tapping his phone a month before the election.

The accusation

In the early hours of Saturday, President Trump posted this tweet: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory.

Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”. The President also compared this to “Nixon/Watergate” and claimed Obama to be a “Bad (or sick) guy”.

Trump went further in his claims by going on to say that a court had earlier denied a wiretap request. President Trump has given no details to back up his outlandish claims nor has he suggested which court order he was referring to when defaming his predecessor.

Nevertheless, these claims add to Trump’s other comments where he accused Barack Obama of orchestrating the political protests towards the acts of the Trump Administration and of being the one responsible for the government leaks which have continuously undermined an already fragile White House

The response to Trump’s accusations

Obviously, the response to these claims has been swift.

Kevin Lewis, who is the spokesperson for Barack Obama, stated that these accusations were “simply false” and that “neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen.” Ben Rhodes, who was Mr. Obama's foreign policy adviser and speechwriter, had this to say to Donald Trump:

Evidently, Trump, who is currently on a weekend vacation in Florida, has yet again stirred a lot of commotion within the political landscape of the United States.

Additionally, with no proof to support his claims, it may seem to some that this was designed to be a distraction from the political protests, the recent scandals involving Jeff Sessions and the links between the Trump Administration and Russia.