President Trump on Monday argued that US government surveillance of people linked to his 2016 campaign during the Obama era could be a “potential liability” for former national security adviser Susan Rice if she is elected as the wife of Joe Biden.
“I do not want to say how involved it is,” Trump told Rice at a news conference Monday, referring to the oversight of the people in his campaign. “Honestly, if he chooses it is fine, but it is a possible responsibility.”
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His comments in response to a question about Rice could preview his attack if Biden chooses him to run on the Democratic ticket.
Trump has long walked against the surveillance of several figures in his campaign, including his first national security adviser Michael Flynn, who campaigned for Trump in 2016, and foreign policy campaign adviser Carter Page .
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Accusing the Obama administration of spying on his campaign, Trump said Monday: “They used our country ‘s intelligence agencies to spy on my campaign, and they were caught. And there’ s a lot of people involved.”
Rice’s name has surfaced in reviews of so-called Russian investigations into Trump figures over an email she sent to herself in the final days of the Obama administration documenting a meeting she attended with President Obama and others, where Flyin was discussed.
A Rice spokeswoman defended the actions during this meeting as appropriate.
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Biden has vowed to choose a woman as his expected wife and is expected to nominate his vice-presidential candidate in the coming days ahead of the National Democratic Convention starting next week.