Trump rips Clapper on spying comments: ‘I am not happy’

Trump rips Clapper on spying comments: ‘I am not happy’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE on Wednesday blasted former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperIntelligence chiefs should be commended, despite Trump's attacks on them Hillicon Valley: House Intel panel will release Russia interviews | T-Mobile, Sprint step up merger push | DHS cyber office hosting webinars on China | Nest warns customers to shore up password security House Intel panel votes to release Russia interview transcripts to Mueller MORE, after Clapper said the president should be happy the FBI monitored his campaign.

“No, James Clapper, I am not happy," Trump tweeted.

"Spying on a campaign would be illegal, and a scandal to boot!” he added.

Trump was responding to comments Clapper made Tuesday on “The View." 

Co-host Joy Behar asked Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence from 2010-2017, if the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign, as the president has claimed. 

“No, they were not,” Clapper said. "They were spying on, a term I don't particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence — which is what they do."

"Well, why doesn't he like that? He should be happy," Behar said, referring to Trump.

"He should be," Clapper responded.

The president has spent the last several days claiming that an FBI informant was embedded within his campaign for political purposes. He has, without evidence, suggested the Obama administration planted the individual in his campaign in an effort to help Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE win the 2016 election.

Trump has said it would be "one of the biggest political scandals in history," and called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the matter, an uncommon step for a sitting president.

The DOJ agreed to expand its inspector general probe to include “any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump campaign.”