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Obama Was Livid, ‘Rolled His Eyes’ When He Read Trump’s Claims That He Wiretapped Him

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Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent

Barack Obama was livid when he found out that Donald Trump accused him of wiretapping Trump Tower.

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The former president thought Trump’s claim questioned both the integrity of the office and himself, people familiar with him told the Wall Street Journal late Tuesday night.

Others told CNN that Obama was “irked, exasperated” and “in disbelief.” Another added that Trump’s predecessor “rolled his eyes” at the news.

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As he prepared to leave office in January, Obama promised to speak out only if he thought “core values” were being violated. He has broken his silence twice now — once to praise protesters who were rallying against Trump’s immigration ban and once to respond to claims he wiretapped Trump.

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement Sunday.

“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” (RELATED: Obama Dropped This Statement In The Middle Of Sean Spicer’s Press Briefing Today)