Charles Krauthammer on Friday Night’s airing of “Special Report With Bret Baier” said that White House leaks are a loyalty problem for the president.
“The idea that journalists are going to receive leaks, it’s a constant,” Krauthammer said. “Journalists are always ready to pick up the phone. If he’s saying we have a real problem here with leaks, what we’re talking about, what’s unusual, is the Niagara of leaks coming out of this White House.”
Krauthammer noted that The New York Times report that alleged Trump told Russian officials that he fired former FBI Director James Comey because he was a “nut job” must have emerged from someone present at the Russian meeting, or someone within Trump’s inner circle.
“The problem here is an inner circle of people here who have lost faith or are betraying or whatever,” Krauthammer said. “But it’s certainly not a leak problem that ought to interest us. It’s a loyalty problem inside the White House.”
The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak that he “fired” Comey because “he was crazy, a real nut job.”
The president reportedly added, “I’m not under investigation.”
The Times cited a purported White House document that was “circulated as the official account of the meeting.”
When asked for comment, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer “did not dispute the account” of the meeting.
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Spicer told the Times. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
See the rest of Krauthammer’s segment in the video below.