Donald Trump has gone on another Twitter tirade.
Today, the US President is accusing former President Barack Obama of wire tapping his phones in Trump Tower during the later stages of the US election, but he gave no evidence to support the allegation.
Trump tweeted: "This is McCarthyism!" and said he "just found out" Obama tapped his phones.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Trump tweeted: "Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for President prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!"
"I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to election!"
Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Obama did not immediately comment, but one of his former advisers, Ben Rhodes, strongly denied the allegations.
"No president can order a wire tap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you," Rhodes tweeted.
No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you. https://t.co/lEVscjkzSw— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 4, 2017
Trump likened the alleged act to "Nixon/Watergate", in reference to the infamous political scandal of 1972, and called Obama a "bad (or sick) guy".
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
A Trump spokesperson said the President is "having meetings, making phone calls and hitting balls" at his golf course in West Palm Beach.
Earlier this week, Trump promised a "new chapter of American greatness" in his first speech to Congress, though he's still yet to provide detail on his plans.
However, the US President and his administration have come under pressure from FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between some members of his campaign team and Russian officials.
Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned last month after just three weeks in the job when transcripts emerged showing he had discussed US sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office.
Recently it was also revealed that Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions twice talked with Russia's ambassador during the campaign. Trump has defended Sessions, who recused himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the US election.