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Enraged Trump Orders Sean Spicer To Check Staff Cell Phones Over White House Leaks


Enraged Trump Orders Sean Spicer To Check Staff Cell Phones Over White House Leaks

President Donald Trump is going bonkers over the recent tide of embarrassing leaks coming out of the White House, and has ordered Press secretary Sean Spicer to check his aides’ cell phones to ensure they weren’t communicating with reporters.

The push to snuff out leaks to the press comes after a week in which President Donald Trump strongly criticized the media for using unnamed sources in stories and expressed growing frustration with the unauthorized sharing of information by individuals in his administration, reported Politico.

Trump’s new security measures include random phone checks of White House staffers, overseen by White House attorneys, CNN revealed Sunday.

According to the report, Spicer called staff into his office last week to reiterate his frustration with the leaks and informed them that the use of encrypted texting apps, like Signal and Confide, was a violation of the Federal Records Act.

Then, with White House counsel Don McGahn standing by, Spicer asked his staff to provide him with their cell phones so he could ensure they were not using those apps or corresponding privately with reporters.

Spicer asked to review both his staff’s government-issued and personal cell phones, , sources with knowledge of the matter said. He also specifically asked his staff not to leak information about the meeting or his efforts to crack down on leaks to the media. But it quickly got leaked to the press.

The meeting, which Politico first reported, comes as the White House increases security measures to address President Donald Trump’s anger over leaks from administration officials and staffers.

Spicer was particularly frustrated with the fact that the decision to appoint Mike Dubke as White House communications director was leaked to the press a week earlier. Spicer and Dubke are friends, and Spicer had backed his appointment, CNN reported.

The White House declined to comment on the meeting.

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