Many people — from political news pundits to late night comedians — have derided Kellyanne Conway for her suggestions that former President Barack Obama spied on Donald Trump using hidden cameras in devices such as microwave ovens. And we can add one more name to the list: the former official photographer for the Obama administration, Pete Souza.
Though Souza is quick to point out that the photo is a photoshopped image of a picture he once took of the former president, and that he himself didn’t create it, his sharing it on social media demonstrates the humorous take on the outrageous claims that Kellyanne Conway and the Trump administration are making.
Last month, Trump claimed that the former president had “wiretapped” his phones at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. But neither Trump nor any of his surrogates in the White House could provide proof for that claim.
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
On Monday Press Secretary Sean Spicer walked back those comments made by the president, suggesting that the use of quotation marks around the word “wiretapping” “spans a whole host of surveillance types of options.”
Not much else was explained in Spicer’s comments. And unfortunately for the White House, microwave ovens cannot be converted into spy devices, according to WIRED Magazine.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.