Iraqi PM jokes ‘we had nothing to do with the wiretap’ during Trump meeting
During the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Monday, the two leaders sat down in the Oval Office for the obligatory photo op that has previously brought us handshakes both awkward and non-existent.
Unlike other such photo ops, the president declined to answer any questions from the press, perhaps salty that FBI Director James Comey had just testified in Congress that he had seen zero evidence to confirm the president’s allegations his predecessor ordered a wiretap on him during the election while simultaneously affirming the bureau was conducting an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Either the prime minister was trying to lighten the mood, or he apparently thinks so little of Trump that he’d crack wise about an intelligence investigation into the very legitimacy of his presidency, because as the press pool was being escorted out of the Oval, al-Abadi responded to a question the president had refused to answer about his wiretapping allegations.
“We had nothing to do with the wiretap,” the prime minister allegedly said, grabbing the president’s arm.
President Trump reportedly did not respond to the comment.