Trump Says White House Leaks Are Fake, Yet Denounces the (Non-existent?) Leakers as Traitors

It’s been another day of lies and contradictions from the president.

The White House has been embroiled in the controversy surrounding a comment from a White House communications aide who said Sen. John McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel’s nomination doesn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.”

The White House has refused to issue an apology, but has instead attacked White House staff for leaking information to the press. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ripped into her communications staff and berated them for the leak, but predicted her comments would also be leaked to the press. They were—by five separate communications staffers, according to reports by ABC News and Axios.

On Monday, Trump got into the act himself when he issued this confusing—and obviously confused—tweet:

The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!

Let’s break down Trump’s comments a bit.

“The so-called leaks” implies that they are not leaks at all. If they are not leaks, then either the remarks were free to be disseminated or they didn’t happen at all.

“A massive over-exaggeration” means they were leaks, but that they’ve been blown out of proportion “to make us look as bad as possible.” But what could a “non-exaggerated” version of the leak possibly be? Did the aide say something inflammatory, just not that inflammatory? If so, why has no one corrected the report?

“Leakers are traitors and cowards.” That’s pretty astounding. Cowards, apparently, because they didn’t go on the record with their names when they made the comments, though frankly many in the media have reported that Trump is he biggest leaker of all.

According to the Observer, Trump himself provides the press with a cornucopia of exclusive scoops under an anonymous alias. In The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, reporter Ronald Kessler writes,

Trump phones Maggie Haberman of The New York Times directly, as well as Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, and Jonathan Swan of Axios, feeding them stories attributed to “a senior White House official,” creating the impression that the White House leaks even more than it already does.

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