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President's transcripts leak is a matter of national security: White House

05 Août 2017

Now he apparently plans to do something about it.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and National Counter intelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina are all expected to brief the public at Justice Department headquarters.

The announcement comes after six months of political intrigue and open feuding in the White House, which has manifested itself in a torrent of damaging revelations to the media.

RT: How damaging is it to USA national security that the president's confidential phone calls are leaked? The Washington Post has published transcripts of his conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.

According to the transcripts, Mr Trump told President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico to stop publicly saying he would not pay for the border wall between the two countries. "They can negotiate. They can discuss issues without the threat of it being leaked".

Anger in the White House about leaks has been growing of late.

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Leaks have always been the currency of politicians and journalists in the USA capital, and they figured prominently in the 2016 presidential campaign with the publication by WikiLeaks of emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign. I guess it's worth noting certainly not the first Justice Department - the first president to go after leakers.

He added: "I have been making these calls all day, and this is the most unpleasant call all day".

David Frum, a speech writer to the former US President George W Bush said that the president's opponents do a "lasting damage" to American security when they violate norms to undermine him.

And while the President has lamented information leaks coming from his West Wing, there are also actual leaks there. "He's communicating with his base via these leaked transcripts". That included a secret subpoena of phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors following a 2012 story about a foiled bomb plot, and the labeling of a Fox News journalist as a "co-conspirator" after a report on North Korea. I'd say it's causation, not coincidence, that we have a Republican House, Senate, White House, most of the state legislatures, and of course a majority of the governors.

"This is beyond the pale and will have a chilling effect going forward on the ability of the commander-in-chief to have candid discussions with his counterparts", Ned Price, a former National Security Council official under President, told The Hill.

President's transcripts leak is a matter of national security: White House