Kremlin: Trump’s wiretap claim purely ‘domestic issue’

MOSCOW — Claims by Trump that his phones were wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama, during the 2016 election campaign are a purely domestic matter for the United States, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says.

When asked about Trump’s allegations, made without evidence on Twitter, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that the Kremlin “should not be in any way linked to US domestic issues” and “doesn’t have the slightest inclination or intention to be associated with these affairs.”

In the past, Russian officials have come to Trump’s defense, decrying his opponents for resisting efforts to improve relations between Washington and Moscow.

— AP

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