A Paranoid Trump Now Suspects Steve Bannon Is Behind WH Leaks: Report
According to a new report published by Axios, President Trump growing more paranoid day by day and suspects that his chief strategist Stephen Bannon is behind some White House leaks about fellow staffers.
Sources told the publication that West Wing staff believe Bannon was behind leaks about National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and that Bannon’s job could be in danger.
Trump has long decried the leaks of embarrassing information to media and has been “irritated” with Bannon following a series of Breitbart reports targeting McMaster, Axios reports. Bannon was formerly the executive chairman of Breitbart.
However, there is no clear connection, however, linking Bannon to such reports.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a government-wide crackdown on leakers on Friday, including a review of Justice Department policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish such sensitive information.
Many also expect that chief of staff John Kelly will help crack down on leaks.
White House aide Sebastian Gorka sent a warning to West Wing staff last week about leaking information, saying not to mess with Kelly.
“This is John F. Kelly. This is a man you do not toy with,” Gorka said during an appearance on ‘Fox and Friends,’ adding that he “will get to the bottom of the leaks.”