President Donald Trump seems to have a leak problem, and reports indicate the catalyst is growing distrust within administrative ranks.
In the past few days major leaks have emerged from the White House including details on Trump's hostile conference calls with foreign and Allied leaders, early drafts of executive orders, and the alleged report that Trump asked Judge Thomas Hardiman to travel to the White House for heightened dramatic effect surrounding his prime-time Supreme Court announcement.
According to reporters, the leaks in question may be the result of dissent within the White House and larger government staff.
Sources tell Politico that while the White House attempts to project an appearance of cohesion and harmony, the state of affairs are quite the opposite. "People involved in the administration sometimes don't trust each other because there are several camps that remain warring factions," said one source.
One Trump political advisor told Politico "trying to nail down who the leakers are is like trying to count the cockroaches under the couch."
Others believe these leaks are coming from permanent government employees, some of whom have reportedly grown disgruntled since finding themselves working under President Trump.
"They are greatly offended by the incoming administration and they relish in the ability to leak and embarrass the administration," argued senior editor at the National Review Jonah Goldberg.
The amount of leaks coming from under Trump's nose appear to be unprecedented for a White House only in its second week. "I can't recall having seen a situation where there appears to be so much leaking of such an intimate nature in such a short period of time," Russell Riley from University of Virginia's Miller Center told Talking Points Memo.
Trump has made it clear throughout his campaign and now as president that he views loyalty among those close to him as paramount. During his first and only press conference since becoming president, Trump compared the leaks coming out of intelligence briefing to Nazi Germany.
"I think it was disgraceful — disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out," Trump said. "That's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do."