Donald Trump claims Barack Obama had his 'wires tapped' before US election win

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Extraordinary claims: Donald Trump accused Barack Obama of having his "wires tapped" before he won the election: AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has claimed former President Obama had his “wires tapped” before he won the election.

The US president made the extraordinary claims in a series of tweets posted on Saturday.

He wrote: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A new low!

"I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to election!"

President Trump, who offered no evidence to support his claims, then suggested his predecessor was a “sick guy”.

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy,” he wrote.

Mr Obama's office is yet to respond.

The allegation is another clear breach of the traditional president’s code whereby former commanders-in-chief refrain from speaking ill of one another,

It comes after he named Obama as the whistleblower leaking secrets about his administration.

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