The person or people responsible for leaking President Donald Trump’s briefing materials to the media Tuesday may be on the chopping block, according to a Wednesday report.
The White House said that leaking information about what the president was briefed about for his call with Russian President Vladimir Putin could be a “fireable offense.”
According to reports, the president was advised not to congratulate Putin on his reelection. He was also asked to condemn Putin over the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K., The Washington Post reported.
“If this story is accurate, that means someone leaked the President’s briefing papers. Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal,” a senior White House official said in a statement.
The Hill reports: The White House has not confirmed the report, but multiple news outlets followed with similar stories. The person or people responsible for the leak have not been publicly identified.
It’s not clear whether Trump received the warning before getting on the call with Putin. The Post reported that national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed the president in person about the call, but did not mention the issue.
The report continues: [The leak] renewed questions about Trump’s approach toward Russia, which is frequently at odds with U.S. allies, Congress and some members of his own administration.
Instead of confronting Putin about a host of tense issues, Trump not only congratulated the Russian leader but also discussed a possible summit meeting with him.
Leaking sensitive briefing materials has also alarmed top administration officials as concerns about members of Trump’s own staff are raising questions about who might be trying to undermine the president.