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Weekly Standard Calls Trump 'Leaker-in-Chief'

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Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 01:36 PM

Anthony Scaramucci — the new White House communications director who vows to stop ongoing leaks of information to journalists — should start his mission by zeroing in on President Donald Trump himself, The Weekly Standard says.

In a scathing column titled "The Leaker-in-Chief," the editors of the conservative political publication wrote on Wednesday:

"We wish the White House's new director of communications well. But if he's looking for leakers, perhaps he should check the office down the hall. The oval one."

The editors, whose ranks include Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes and Christopher Caldwell, wrote that Trump blames his administration's "failings" on internal "leaks," and note Scaramucci promises to fire "everybody" if necessary to stop them.

"But," they add, the "most serious and damaging leaks rarely originate from the White House communications office" and Trump is "widely known to phone political reporters for their opinions."

"When the New York Times's Maggie Haberman recalled that during the 2016 campaign, 'several advisers privately called Trump 'leaker-in-chief' [because] of his tendency to blurt stuff 2 friends on phone,' we can believe it," the editors said.

"And when Mike Allen writes at Axios today that President Trump, in one of his hallmark rituals, recently called a longtime political associate and asked out of the blue: 'What would happen if I fired Sessions?' we can remember many similar stories told by 'longtime political associates.'"

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Anthony Scaramucci — the new White House communications director who vows to stop ongoing leaks of information to journalists — should start his mission by zeroing in on President Donald Trump himself, The Weekly Standard says.
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