Trump officials leak to reporters that they’re supposed to stop leaking to reporters

White House officials keep leaking internal conversations to reporters detailing that they’re being ordered not to leak internal conversations to reporters…

This is hardly the first time Trump officials have almost immediately defied their boss’s direct orders not to disclose information to the media by leaking something about the direct order itself.

Within the first week of Trump’s administration, close to 12 of his closest aides helped plant a story in the Washington Post about his frustration with negative news stories.

It’s worth pausing for a second to reflect on what the ongoing leaks about leaks suggest about the internal chaos of the Trump administration.

As Vox’s Yochi Dreazen has noted, trying to put together major White House initiatives presumably takes an act of faith that plans can be floated and debated without immediately leaking…

And then the boss changes his mind, changes his story, invents new lies to cover lies from the day before.

3 thoughts on “Trump officials leak to reporters that they’re supposed to stop leaking to reporters

  1. Plumber says:

    Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer on Friday warned White House officials that they may be “protesting too much” in the face of revelations that a White House official close to President Trump has been identified as a person of interest in the FBI’s Russia probe. http://thehill.com/homenews/media/334349-krauthammer-white-house-protesting-too-much-on-leaks
    “Former George W. Bush Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove said on Friday the White House leaks are originating from career government officials and the lack of consequences is damaging to President Trump. “Our biggest current leaker is [James] Comey who is obviously going back to his notes, internal memorandum and through a friend or friends leaking them to the press,” Rove said during an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast. Former Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Ray said it’s possible that some of the White House leaks have resulted from Trump’s combative relationship with intelligence agencies.” http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/05/19/karl-rove-names-most-likely-source-white-house-leaks.html

  2. Footnote says:

    (Audio) In a conversation on October 19 1972, H.R. Haldeman tells President Richard Nixon that the man leaking to the press, the mysterious figure who would go on to be known as Deep Throat, is top FBI man Mark Felt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip4owptS51U A few minutes after this conversation, Haldeman would reveal how they discovered that Felt was the leaker. That discussion is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKnWN… Audio and transcript for this clip is taken from The National Security Archive, from the page “Nixon and the FBI: The White House Tapes”: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/
    Audio: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/… Transcript: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/

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