Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway ridiculed over microwave spying claim

Kellyanne Conway

Donald Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway says she doesn't have evidence to support the President's claim Barack Obama tapped his phones during the 2016 election campaign.

She has suggested Mr Trump's microwave may have been tapped.

"What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately ... microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera," Ms Conway told the Record - a New Jersey newspaper.

"We know that that is just a fact of modern life," she said.

As expected, the comment earned some social media ridicule.

"Thanks to Kellyanne Conway I now have a richer relationship with my microwave it's teaching me Russian," actor Mia Farrow tweeted.

"Do I set the microwave on "defrost" or regular cycle to talk to @BarackObama? Just wanted to see how he's doing," Susan Delacourt wrote.

"I just pressed the Popcorn setting on my microwave and it showed me secret spy video of Kellyanne Conway eating lunch," Aaron Schatz tweeted.

Ms Conway has quickly responded, saying she was not accusing the former President of spying via microwave oven, telling CNN: "I'm not Inspector Gadget. I don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign."

Her comment has helped fuel Mr Trump's unfounded accusation last week that Mr Obama tapped his phone.

It comes after hackers WikiLeaks released nearly 8000 documents reportedly revealing details about the CIA breaking into targeted computers, cellphones and even smart TVs.

FBI director James Comey has urged the justice department to dispute Mr Trump's allegation, but hasn't disputed it publicly himself.