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Kellyanne Conway mocked for 'spy microwaves' claims during interview about Obama 'wire-tapping'


White House advisor Kellyanne Conway

White House advisor Kellyanne Conway

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White House advisor Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway has been the subject of derision after making bizarre claims about the surveillance of the Donald Trump campaign.

After being asked about the claims he was wire-tapped by Barack Obama, the advisor suggested enemies could potentially spy on the President through televisions and by putting hidden cameras in microwaves.

Ms Conway, who is one of the President's most senior advisors and helped run his campaign, said wire-tapping could be the tip of the iceberg when it came to monitoring Donald Trump.

She explained on USA Today: “What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other.

“You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.”

The advisor then claimed monitoring could be done with “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding: “We know this is a fact of modern life.”

Many mocked this claim on social media, saying they would be sure to check their hair and make-up before warming up their food from now on.

Ms Conway offered no evidence to back up her claims. The White House is sticking to its claims that Donald Trump was wire-tapped by Barack Obama.

President Donald Trump does not believe FBI director James Comey’s insistence that Trump Tower was not wiretapped.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy communications director, was asked whether Mr Trump believed Mr Comey’s denial.

"No, I don't think he does," she told Good Morning America, last week.

She said the president "wants the truth to come out to the American people,” adding: “He is asking that it be done through the House Intelligence Committee, and that that be the process that we go through."

Her comments came as Kellyanne Conway, Mr Trump’s senior aide, told Fox News on Monday that "credible news sources" suggested there was politically motivated activity during the campaign.

She added that as president, Mr Trump "has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not."