It seems that since President Trump took office, a steady current of information has been surging out of the White House and running directly into the buildings of the all-to-eager establishment media. In the past few months, the press has received loads of information about the happenings in the Oval Office – and it is not helping the Trump administration.
Most recently, an anonymous source working in the White House provided the New York Times with details of the president’s meeting with Russian officials. According to the Times, Trump said “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job.” He also stated, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Then, the collective palms of the Republican party slapped their foreheads.
Of course, this is just one of many leaks that the media has received from anonymous sources within the White House.
Shortly after taking office, an official leaked the details of a heated conversation between President Trump and Australian President Turnbull. Then, there was the infamous – and discredited – Russian dossier that alleged that the president was compromised by KGB agents. We also cannot forget the leaked communications between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russia.
The question is: why is the White House experiencing so many leaks? The answer may be simpler than you think. The reason is likely because many senior officials on President Trump’s staff are holdovers from the Obama administration. These are people who are still loyal to the previous president, not the Trump administration. The Washington Free Beacon notes:
These individuals leak negative information about the Trump White House and its senior staff to a network of former Obama administration officials who then plant this information in key media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times.
There are over four hundred executive branch positions that the president has not yet filled. These are crucial positions that have an impact on several key areas of the bureaucracy. When one considers the fact that the president still has individuals who are loyal to the Obama administration working for him, it should not come as a surprise that the media is receiving so much inside information. In an appearance on Fox News, Columnist Charles Krauthammer stated:
The problem here is an inner circle of people here who have lost faith or are betraying or whatever, but it’s certainly not a leak problem that ought to interest us. It’s a loyalty problem inside the White House.
While it would be easy to just place the blame for the leaks on the individuals passing the information to the press, the reality is this: it is President Trump’s fault. He has made an enormous mistake by allowing so many holdovers from the Obama administration to remain on his staff – and it is causing great damage to his presidency. While it is possible that other reasons for the leaked information exist, these individuals are most likely the greatest culprit. Instead of taking to Twitter to decry the leaks coming from his White House, perhaps he should concentrate on draining the swamp in the executive branch.