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Michael Reagan: Nail the White House Leakers

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By    |   Friday, 04 Aug 2017 04:54 PM

The daily leaks out of the White House have become so bad that world leaders may be hesitating before having a private conversation with President Donald Trump, veteran political commentator Michael Reagan told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"It's in everybody's best interest that that leaker in fact be found … It is outrageous what's going on," Reagan said to Miranda Khan on Newsmax's "America Talks Live."

"It deals with our national security and the fact that other world leaders are not going to want to pick up the phone and call our president of the United States and talk about anything of substance for fear that the next day it's going to be printed in its entirety in The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal."

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His comments came as Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to quash in government leaks because they undermine American security. Last month Trump took to Twitter to criticize Sessions as being "VERY weak" on going after intelligence leakers.

Reagan, the eldest son of Ronald Reagan, said it is the responsibility of Sessions and new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to end the nightmarish breach.

"I can't believe they have not at this point found anybody who is responsible for the leaks. How many people are in the room when these things are going on?" Reagan told Khan.

"What people are listening on the phones when these things are going on? And where are the leaks coming from? I can't believe they do not have an area that they are looking into where these might be coming from."

Reagan said the leaks set a "very dangerous precedent" for the nation's highest office.

"I am sure President Obama, as President Reagan, as President Carter, as President Ford, as President Bush would not have liked to have the conversations, private conversations they were having with world leaders typed up in their entirety and put out for everybody to in fact look at," he said.

"Because then what happens is you have 320 million people who think they're the president of the United States and they would have made a different decision than what happened in the phone call.

"They should be allowed to have those private conversations because so many times that will set policy, change policy, and you begin a process of people talking and right now, people are afraid of talking."

Reagan noted that every White House has a "dedicated leaker," somebody who passes information to the press in the guise of an unauthorized scoop, but which is actually planted by the administration.

"That designated leaker is the person who leaks information to the media about a policy that the White House might be putting out so that they can send it out to see what the reaction's going to be for the public so they can in fact maybe change the policy before it goes any further," Regan said.

"So they have a designated leaker and every White House has had it that I'm aware of. My father had it, Bush had it. They all had it. [But] this is much different than having a designated leaker leak things out. This is criminal what in fact is going on within this White House."

Reagan is the author of "Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan," published by Humanix.

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