Donald Trump’s White House has been plagued by leaks during the first few weeks of his presidency.
Where the leaks are coming from remains a mystery.
The media is rife with unusual anecdotes about the goings-on on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The New York Times recently ran a story asserting that White House aides have held meetings in the dark because they cannot figure out how the lights work, and that President Trump is fond of watching television alone in his bathrobe.
Trump took to Twitter, contending that the Times “writes total fiction” about him. In a subsequent press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted that the president does not even own a bathrobe.
The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
Of utmost concern are the leaks about more serious matters such as the release of alleged portions of the transcript of the president’s call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Trump reportedly claimed that a U.S.-Australia deal on refugees, agreed to by President Obama, was “the worst deal ever,” and informed Turnbull that their conversation was “the worst call by far” among those he had held with world leaders.
A Trump ally who works outside the White House argued that the leaking has become so profligate that it’s hurting the administration, forcing White House officials to deal with internal turmoil instead of more pressing business outside of their walls.
The leaks have sparked speculation about who is up and who is down among Trump’s core group of advisors—Steven Bannon, Reince Preibus, Jared Kushner, and Kellyanne Conway. Any leak that emerges is immediately deconstructed for clues about its source, and whom they might be intending to harm.
“It’s clear that a few individuals believe that if they kneecap a few of their colleagues, they will benefit—whereas, in fact, they are weakening the president,” said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist and Contributor for The Hill.
H/T: The Hill
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