The United States has made an official apology to Britain for bizarre claims Barack Obama may have used UK spies at GCHQ to listen to Donald Trump’s calls.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has personally apologised after he repeated the claim in an official briefing, triggering a major diplomatic incident.
It prompted a rare and furious response from GCHQ, which is Britain’s high-tech global listening post that monitors communications around the world.
Britain’s ambassador to the United States Sir Kim Darroch spoke directly to Mr Spicer about the incident.
They said it had received assurances the claims would not be repeated.