United States government has apologised to Britain for allegations that a UK intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump on the request of former President Barack Obama, reports CNN.
Speaking to his British counterpart, United States’ National Security Advisor HR McMaster offered what amounted to an apology to the British government, while also describing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's comments as "unintentional."
McMaster also told his counterpart that "their concerns were understood and heard, and it would be relayed to the White House."
Earlier, a spokesman for Britain’s Prime Minister said the White House had promised that it won't repeat a claim that UK spies snooped on US President Donald Trump.
Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman, James Slack, said the British government has made it clear to the US that the "ridiculous" claims should be ignored. He said on Friday that Washington has assured Britain they will not be repeated.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday cited Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano, who suggested that the British electronic surveillance agency GCHQ had helped then-President Barack Obama spy on Trump before the 2016 presidential election.
GCHQ took the unusual step of releasing a statement calling the claims "nonsense."
It said "they are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored."