Rick Santorum: Trump Is 'Hurting Himself' With Wiretap Obsession

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Donald Trump’s insistence that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration, despite what the FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee have said, is now “hurting” him, warned former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Santorum, who supported Trump for president and backs many of his policies, also said it’s time for Trump to leave the campaign behind and act like a president.
“We’re not in an election anymore, and it’s not his opponent he’s throwing off,” Santorum said of Trump during an appearance on CNN. “I think it’s him that he’s throwing off.”
In “this case, he has no opponent,” Santorum said. “And who he’s hurting is not a rival, he’s hurting himself, because he’s now the president and it doesn’t matter whether he blames Barack Obama or not. People don’t care about Barack Obama anymore. They care about one person. They care about the president, and he’s the president.”
Trump indicated yet again Friday during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that his phones had been wiretapped. He referred to a comment by former judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News Thursday, who cited unnamed sources that the British spy agency GCHQ spied on Trump for former president Obama — which the agency called “utterly ridiculous.” He called Napolitano a “very talented legal mind.” Napolitano is a 9/11 “truther” who is skeptical that the U.S. government told the truth about the terror attack on the World Trade Center.
Fox News host Shep Smith said Friday that the network could not substantiate Napolitano’s claims — or any claims that Trump was ever under surveillance by the Obama administration.

Shepard Smith just said Fox News has “no evidence of any kind” that Trump was surveilled “at any time, any way." pic.twitter.com/0pzP1WWr2t— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) March 17, 2017
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 Seconds earlier Trump said alongside Merkel that  “as far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump said, eliciting a puzzled look from the chancellor. Trump was likely referring to information leaked by Edward Snowden four years ago that the Obama administration had listened in on Merkel’s cell phone.
Santorum also took a swipe Friday at Trump’s reading material — and his dependence on the media, rather than his own experts.
 
“I’d like to see the president come out there and talk about what he knows, not what he’s read in the paper,” Santorum explained. “When you’re the president of the United States, the assumption is that you have better information than what’s in The National Enquirer or even The New York Times.”
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