President Trump argued on Monday that the US government’s surveillance of those linked to his 2016 campaign during the Obama era could be a “potential liability” for former National Security Advisor Susan Rice if she is chosen as vice president of Joe Biden.
“I don’t mean how involved she is,” Trump said of Rice during a Monday briefing, referring to monitoring people during his campaign. “Frankly, if he chooses it, that’s fine, but it’s a potential liability.
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Her comments in response to a question about Rice might glimpse her line of attack if Biden chooses her to run on the Democratic ticket.
Trump has long denounced the surveillance of several prominent figures in his campaign, including his senior 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 on Monday: “They used our country’s intelligence agencies to spy on my campaign and they were arrested. And there are a lot of people involved.
Rice’s name has surfaced in criticism of the so-called Russian probe into Trump’s numbers because of an email she sent to herself in the final days of the Obama administration documenting a meeting at which she attended with President Obama and others where Flynn was discussed.
A spokeswoman for Rice defended the actions at that meeting as she should.
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Biden has vowed to pick a woman as his running mate and is expected to nominate her running mate in the coming days ahead of the Democratic National Convention which begins next week.