Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Friday on “The View” that she is not concerned about leaks of sensitive information from the White House.
Co-host Paula Faris asked Waters if she was disturbed that President Donald Trump’s “confidential” conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull were “illegally leaked.”
Transcripts of the conversations — which have not been declassified — were published Thursday by the Washington Post.
“No, not at all,” Waters replied. “I am so glad they’re telling us what’s going on.”
“This is his problem,” Waters said of the leaks. “He is in a White House where he’s got people working for him that don’t believe in him, that don’t like what he’s doing, and they’re trying to tell the American public something.”
Co-host Jedediah Bila asked Waters if the leaks set a precedent for future presidents, putting them at risk of leaks and reducing trust in America from other world leaders.
Waters argued that the leaks wouldn’t happen to another president because “leadership starts at the top.”
“It is this president that some people have no confidence in,” Waters said, adding, “not every president would be treated this way.”
Also in the interview, Waters dismissed speculation that she may run for president.
“That’s simply a rumor, everybody!” she said. “I am not running for anything except the impeachment of Trump.”