President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would have handled leaks in his administration differently than his press secretary, Sean Spicer, who reportedly had White House attorneys reviewing staffers phones.
Trump told “Fox and Friends” in an interview aired Tuesday that he would have met with staff members “one-on-one,” rather than gathering them all together, as Spicer did.
“I would have done it differently. I would have gone one-on-one with different people,” Trump said.
According to Politico, Spicer gathered staffers recently for what was described as “an emergency meeting,” and staffers were “told to dump their phones on a table for a ‘phone check,’ to prove they had nothing to hide.”
CNN reported Monday that Trump signed off on Spicer’s decision “to check aides’ cell phones to make certain they weren’t communicating with reporters by text message or through encrypted apps.”
Even though he would rather go “one by one,” as he explained to “Fox and Friends,” the president seemed comfortable with Spicer’s actions.
“I would have handled it differently than Sean,” Trump said. “But Sean handles it his way and I’m OK with it.”
During the interview, Trump also suggested that some government staffers who served under President Barack Obama might be behind the leaks emerging from the White House.
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.@POTUS reacts to WH staffers’ phone check: “I would have handled it differently than Sean, but Sean handles it his way & I’m OK with it” pic.twitter.com/hZPta7GX35
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 28, 2017
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