President Donald Trump announced Saturday that his administration had begun searching “very, very hard” for the “Obama people” within his government who might have been responsible for leaking the details of his allegedly tense phone calls with foreign leaders in Australia and Mexico.
“It’s a disgrace that they leaked because it’s very much against our country,” he told Fox News. “It’s a very dangerous thing for this country.”
As reported by The Hill, last week, alleged details of Trump’s calls with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto somehow made it into the newspapers, igniting concerns about the president’s temperament.
For instance, The Associated Press claimed that Trump had threatened to send U.S. military soldiers to Mexico to deal with the nation’s “bad hombres.” This report was later proven to have been false.
“It is absolutely false that the president of the United States threatened to send troops to Mexico,” Eduardo Sanchez, spokesman for the Mexican president, reportedly said.
Likewise, some in the media alleged that Trump had hung up on the Australian president. That, too, turned out not to be a valid report.
“I want to make one observation about it, the report the president hung up is not correct, the call ended courteously,” Turnball himself told a Sydney-based radio show last week, according to Sky News.
Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
Speaking with Fox News, Trump staunchly reiterated that his conversations with both leaders had been “positive.” The facts seemed to confirm this assertion. He also revealed that his officials were searching “very, very hard” for the leakers, whom he suspected were Obama loyalists.
“The president takes these leaks very seriously,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly confirmed. “That’s troubling and I think the president has asked the team to look into this because those are very serious implications.”
As noted by the New York Post, the president has vowed to replace any leftover Obama officials in the White House and National Security Council with his own people, stat.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail