White House reportedly investigating leaks of details from Trump's calls with world leaders


Reuters recently revealed the details of an exchange between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin involving a nuclear treaty.

During their call, Reuters learned from its sources, "When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was..."

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Leaks such as this one have become a source of concern for the president's team and the administration is reportedly investigating the matter.

The Hill quotes White House press secretary Sean Spicer as saying, "We're looking into the situation, yes, and it's very concerning,...Some of them are done in a way that the release of that information is clearly a breach of a lot of protocols and laws."

Spicer added, "The idea that you can't have a conversation without that information getting out is concerning,"

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He was also asked about the exchange during a press briefing on Thursday, when he said, "The President's conversation with President Putin is a private call between the two of them, and I'm going to leave it at that."

In another call that did not end up being so private was the one between Trump and the Australian leader.

According to the Washington Post, "...President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials...Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it."

A Huffington Post piece speculates about the reason behind a flurry of leaks from inside the Trump administration, noting, "...while leaks typically involve staffers sabotaging each other to improve their own standing or trying to scuttle policy ideas they find genuinely problematic, Trump's 2-week-old administration has a third category: leaks from White House and agency officials alarmed by the president's conduct."