"We've made clear to the administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored and we've received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated", the spokesman told reporters. U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster personally apologized for the claims and gave Britain assurances the White House would not repeat the claims again, according to The Telegraph.
We have a close relationship with the White House and that allows us to raise concerns as and when they arise as was true in this case. "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary", anchor Shepard Smith said Friday.
Mr Spicer has not made a formal apology.
It's immaterial if Brett Baier or Shepard Smith are unable to verify the claims, because Napolitano says he got the information directly from three sources in British intelligence.
Mr Spicer also chastised the media for focusing so much attention on comments disparaging MrTrump's claim about surveillance. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. That's the initials for the British spying agency'.
According to documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden, British officials allowed their U.S. counterparts to store and analyse British citizens' internet and email records.
He added that he thought it was "very possible" that Trump or another White House staff may have been observed as part of surveillance targeting foreign nationals on USA soil.
Trump sent out a series of tweets last weekend saying that he had found evidence that he had been wiretapped by Obama.
Then, at a regular press briefing, Downing Street said it had sought and received reassurances that the allegations would not be repeated. Maybe now some of the others will grow some cajones and follow suit, although other Republicans have questioned why Trump made the accusation without proof.
Both the House and Senate intelligence committees have said they have no evidence of any such wiretapping. Trump himself originally began claiming that he had been "wiretapped" by President Obama after reading an article on Breitbart based off a conspiratorial rant by a conservative radio host.
The Trump's administration is facing calls to either shore up, or drop, the unsubstantiated claim that former President Barack Obama ordered the phones tapped at Trump Tower during the election campaign.
British officials were quick to dismiss Napolitano's claims.
The Russian government has rejected an accusation by United States intelligence agencies that it worked to influence the election in Mr Trump's favour by hacking computer systems, among other methods.