President Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that aired on Tuesday, denied that there is a ‘major leak” problem at the White House, despite news that press secretary Sean Spicer sought leakers on his own staff. “We don't have a major leak process here [at the White House],” Trump explained. “We have a major leak process in government,” while noting that in government there remain personnel from past administrations.
When asked about Spicer’s handling of leakers, Trump said he would have done things differently, even though he had praise for his press spokesman. There were reports that Spicer got his staff together in a huddle after information about a planning meeting were leaked. He conducted a “phone check” in an effort to find out whether there are staffers who are informing the media. Trump said “I would have handled it differently than Sean. But Sean handles it his way and I'm okay with it,” while he added, “I would have gone one-on-one with different people.”
“Maybe that's my fault,” Trump said.
The president said that officials in the White House have “ideas” about the identities of the leakers, saying that “we have people from other campaigns, we have people from other governments.” He also said that he believes Barack Obama is behind some of the protests against Republican politicians. Regarding the protests, which have included the appearance of mobs of raucous detractors of Republicans at town hall meetings, Trump said, “I think that President Obama is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it.”
Trump said he is not surprised by Obama’s alleged involvement in anti-Trump direct action. “I’m changing things that [Obama] wanted to do.” He conceded, “I also understand that is politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that's politics. And it will probably continue.”