Trump: "Does Anybody Really Believe" Susan Rice Didn't Have A Political Motive For Surveillance?

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During Maria Bartiromo’s interview with President Trump that aired this morning on FOX Business Network’s 'Mornings with Maria' the president went into depth about his accusation that he was spied on by the Obama administration during the election campaign.

When asked why he thinks President Obama would do that, he replied: "Well, I'm going to let you figure that one out. But it's so obvious."

"When you look at Susan Rice and what's going on... so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now. They're saying you know, you were right... Perhaps I didn't know how right I was, because nobody knew the extent of it," Trump said.

Bartiromo followed up, asking if when he sent the infamous "wiretapped" tweet, he was referring to Susan Rice.

"Oh sure," came a quick response. "We're talking about surveillance... And you look at the extent of the surveillance. Me and so many other people, it's terrible."

"It was 'wiretapped' in quotes," he repeated, before going off on a tangent about wires. "I put wiretapped in quotes, meaning, because, look, wiretapping is an old-fashioned... -- there aren't too many wires anymore, right? You don't have a lot of wires. Look at this room. This room used to have a lot of wires. Now it doesn't have so many wires."

Bartiromo played Susan Rice's advocate: "She said she didn't do it for political reasons, Susan Rice."

"Does anybody really believe that?" Trump asked. "Nobody believes that, not even the people that try to protect her in the news media."

BARTIROMO: In the last weeks of the Obama presidency, he changed all the rules in terms of the intelligence agencies, allowing them to share raw data.

TRUMP: Terrible.

BARTIROMO: Why do you think he did this?

TRUMP: Well, I'm going to let you figure that one out. But it's so obvious. When you look at Susan Rice and what's going on, and so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now. They're saying you know, you were right when you said that.

Perhaps I didn't know how right I was, because nobody knew the extent of it.

BARTIROMO: When you sent that, was that what you were referring to, the Susan Rice?

TRUMP: Oh, sure. We're talking about surveillance. It was wiretapped in quotes. "The New York Times" said the word wiretapped in the headline of the first edition. Then they took it out of there fast when they realized.

But I put wiretapped in quotes, meaning, because, look, wiretapping is an old-fashioned... -- there are too many wires anymore, right? You don't have a lot of wires. Look at this room. This room used to have a lot of wires. Now it doesn't have so many wires.

But we talked about surveillance or whatever. And you look at the extent of the surveillance. Me and so many other people, it's terrible.

BARTIROMO: She said she didn't do it for political reasons. Susan Rice...

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: Does anybody really believe that?

Nobody believes that, even the people that try to protect her in the news media. It's such a big story and I'm sure it will continue forward.

But what they did is horrible.

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