Trump 'very confident' in his unsubstantiated wiretap claims, confidant says
The CEO of Newsmax Media also described the president as a quick learner.
ByMICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN
March 7, 2017, 1:10 PM
• 2 min read
-- Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media and a friend of President Donald Trump's, described him as being "very confident and very angry" about his belief that President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower, despite having provided no evidence to the public to back up his claims.
Ruddy's assessment comes as members of Trump's administration are defending his comments, which he made on Twitter over the weekend.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to provide specific support for the accusations yesterday afternoon but said, "There's no question that something happened."
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, suggested to "Good Morning America" on Monday that Trump's accusations could be right and seemed to be referring to the National Security Agency's mass collection of telephonic metadata from millions of Americans as evidence to support the claim, although she did not mention it directly.
"The administration was wiretapping American citizens," Sanders said. "His administration could have done this."
Ruddy told "GMA" this morning that Trump has been "under siege from the day he arrived," regarding media coverage of his presidency, and described him as a "quick learner" who is adjusting to his role as president.