Trump On Spicer’s Phone Check: ‘I Would Have Done It Differently’

AP

In an interview that aired Tuesday morning on “Fox and Friends,” President Donald Trump said that he was fine with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s decision to look through his staffers’ phones, but Trump said he would not have taken the same approach.

“Sean Spicer is a fine human being. He’s a fine person. I would have done it differently. I would have gone one-on-one with different people,” Trump said when asked about a report that Spicer had communications staffers turn over their devices for a “phone check” in an attempt to find leakers.

Trump also suggested he believes that leaks are not coming from White House staff, but from other parts of the administration.

“We don’t have a major leak process here. We have a major leak process in government,” Trump said. “But I would have handled it differently than Sean. But Sean handles it his way and I’m OK with it.”

Asked if he has found any leakers, Trump indicated he believes leaks are coming from career federal employees, not staffers hired by the Trump team.

“We have sort of ideas. But don’t forget, we have people from other campaigns, we have people from other governments. We’ve got a lot of people here,” he said.

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