President Trump’s aides have been very quiet following his Twitter rant accusing President Obama of tapping his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. The allegation is unsubstantiated—both current F.B.I. director, James Comey, and former national intelligence director, James R. Clapper Jr., deny any wiretapping.
This is one of the most dramatic charges made by a president against another in history, and President Trump’s allies have met it with silence. Even President Trump’s high level aides have refused to comment on the allegations. When the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, was asked about it on Tuesday, he replied: “No, that’s above my pay grade.” Likewise, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly have refused to comment on the claims either.
According to two anonymous sources close to Trump, he really believes that President Obama wiretapped him. He has reportedly also discussed with colleagues whether the charge could be investigated. Ultimately though, the claims remain unsubstantiated and I believe that they never will be proven.
I wonder what this will mean for President Trump. Will his tweeting privileges be taken away? Will he realize his errors and change his ways? So far, one thing’s for sure: his aides don’t seem to be able to stand up to him.