Horror writer Stephen King has taken to Twitter to ridicule Donald Trump with a series of his own conspiracy theories, after the President claimed Barack Obama had “wiretapped” his offices.
Inspired by the Mr Trump's own dramatic narrative, King imagined a scenario in which Mr Obama had not only installed the wire tap personally, but also stolen ice cream from the White House.
The author also suggested he might still be concealed somewhere in the building.
The tweets were written in the President’s distinctive style, with words capitalised for emphasis, and included his trademark sign-off,“SAD!”
Mr King has been a consistently vocal critic of President Trump, using Twitter to accuse the President of suppressing press freedom, tax dodging, and discrimination with the travel ban from Muslim-majority countries entering the US.
Not only did Obama tap Trump's phones, he stole the strawberry ice cream out of the mess locker.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2017
Obama tapped Trump's phones IN PERSON! Went in wearing a Con Ed coverall. Michelle stood guard while O spliced the lines. SAD!— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2017
Trump should know OBAMA NEVER LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE! He's in the closet! HE HAS SCISSORS!— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2017
The author of cult novels Carrie and The Shining last took to Twitter to write a new horror story in 140 characters in October: one in which “there was a man named Donald Trump, and he ran for President.”
My newest horror story: Once upon a time there was a man named Donald Trump, and he ran for president. Some people wanted him to win.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 21, 2016
Mr Trump claimed in a series of explosive tweets on Saturday morning that Mr Obama had “wire tapped” his New York offices during the election campaign, without citing any evidence to back up the allegation.
The President drew parallels between the alleged surveillance and the 1972 Watergate scandal - in which the Nixon administration was found to have bugged the offices of political opponents - and invited a “good lawyer” to make a case against Mr Obama.
The Obama administration has strongly denied the allegations.
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
Obama's spokesman Kevin Lewis released a statement Saturday afternoon refuting Trump's wire-tapping claims, which said: 'A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.
'As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.'
However, the statement did not deny that another federal agency may have sought authorisation to listen in on Trump Towers and received it.