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Trump says Obama tapped his phones but offers no evidence

Washington: President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower the month before the election, but offered no evidence to support his claim.

Trump called the former US President a "bad (or sick) guy" on Twitter as he fired off a series of messages claiming that Obama "had my 'wires tapped.'"

He even compared the supposed tapping to "Nixon/Watergate" and "McCarthyism," though he did not say where he had gotten his information.

On the other hand, a spokesman for Obama said any suggestion that the former president had ordered such surveillance was "simply false."

Trump posted a series of five Twitter messages beginning just minutes before sunrise in Florida, where the president is spending the weekend.

In the first message, the president said he had "just found out" that "Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" before the election. Trump’s reference to “wires tapped” raised the possibility that he was referring to some other type of electronic surveillance and was using the idea of phone tapping loosely.

The president was adamant in conversations with several people throughout the day on Saturday that he believed he was right about the wiretaps, according to three people with direct knowledge of those conversations.