On Monday, Kremlin spokesman D S Peskov told reporters when they asked him to comment on US President Donald Trump’s statement [about the wiretapping of his Trump Tower offices by then-US President Obama]:
We shouldn’t in any way become associated with internal US problems. We have no desire and no intention in any way to be associated with these affairs.
On Saturday, Trump posted on Twitter to accuse Obama of having his “wires tapped” at his Trump Tower headquarters prior to the 2016 presidential election, describing this as the former administration’s “new low”. Trump went on to compare the alleged surveillance to McCarthyism and the Watergate scandal. An Obama spokesman rejected these claims. The news comes amid reports of alleged ties with Russian officials by Trump’s team. On 15 February, the New York Times reported, citing phone records and intercepted calls, members of Trump’s presidential campaign team and several associates allegedly contacted Russian intelligence and government officials prior to the 2016 US election. Both Washington and Moscow repeatedly refuted these allegations.
6 March 2017