'It is disgusting': Sarah Huckabee Sanders goes on Trump's favourite show to warn that White House leakers will be fired

Screenshot/Fox NewsWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on ‘Fox & Friends’ on Wednesday
  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders condemned staffers who have leaked damaging information about their colleagues and the administration to the press.
  • During a Wednesday morning interview on Trump’s favourite news program, “Fox and Friends,” Sanders said she is prepared to fire staffers for leaking, which she called “disgusting” behaviour.
  • “I think it is disgusting and some of the most shameful behaviour that you could ever engage in,” Sanders said.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on President Donald Trump’s preferred news program on Wednesday morning to condemn staffers who have leaked damaging information about their colleagues and the administration to the press.

Sanders blamed recent leaks on “a couple of bad actors” and said she is prepared to fire any staffers who continue to leak.

“I think it is disgusting and some of the most shameful behaviour that you could ever engage in,” Sanders said. “It’s an honour and a privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration. And anybody who betrays that I think is a total and complete coward and they should be fired.”

The press secretary said she has fired staffers in the past for leaking and is willing to do it again.

“We’re focused intensely on addressing it, and we take it extremely seriously,” she said.

On Monday, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said she expects there will be a staff shakeup following an aide’s leaked comment mocking Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is fighting brain cancer.

The aide, Kelly Sadler, last week took a rhetorical swing at McCain after the senator publicly criticised Trump’s pick for the CIA, saying it “doesn’t matter” what McCain thinks because “he’s dying anyway,” according to sources present.

Sadler called McCain’s daughter to apologise after the remark was leaked to the press, but the White House has not publicly apologised for the comment, which upset the McCain family.

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