President Donald Trump has made it clear that the mainstream media is public enemy number one of his presidency, but they’re hardly all The Donald has to worry about.
There’s been no shortage of leaks from the White House to the media that have been damaging to Trump, and without the leakers, the media wouldn’t have half as much to talk about. Unfortunately for Trump, while he’s been keeping his friends close, he’s unknowingly kept his enemies closer.
According to the Daily Caller, It’s coming from inside the house. Throughout Trump’s presidency and increasingly in the past few weeks, leaks from staff members to the press are undermining the president.
The New York Times reported Friday exact details of Trump’s meeting last week with Russian officials. The report cited a document read to them by an “American official,” which summarized the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to the report.
The president then added, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” The White House did not dispute this account.
Shortly after this story broke, The Daily Beast quoted a senior administration official saying, “Every day [Trump] looks more and more like a complete moron.”
That same story included a Justice Department official saying that Trump’s comments about Comey can “absolutely” be considered obstruction of justice.
These represent just two of the many stories quoting administration officials that have attacked the president. These articles range from details on the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election, to a Washington Post piece about how awful White House aides say it is to work for Trump.
Columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News Friday: “What’s unusual is the Niagara of leaks coming out of this White House. As you said, this had to have been somebody in the room, somebody who took the notes, who picked up the phone and read the notes.”
“It’s a loyalty problem inside the White House,” Krauthammer added. No kidding.
As for the identity of the leakers, it truly is anyone’s guess. Still, with no shortage of Obama leftovers remaining in the White House, purging them would hardly be a bad start.