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

  • 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 favorite news program, "Fox and Friends," Sanders said she is prepared to fire staffers for leaking, which she called "disgusting" behavior.
  • "I think it is disgusting and some of the most shameful behavior 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 behavior that you could ever engage in," Sanders said. "It's an honor 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. 

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Notable people who have been fired or resigned from Trump's administration

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks reportedly announced her resignation after testifying about her job and being required to tell "white lies."

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Trump in March 2018.

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White House aide Omarosa Manigault insists she resigned and was not fired from her role in December 2017.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned from his position on July 5, 2018 after a number of ethics scandals.

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Sally Yates was fired from her post as acting attorney general when she refused to enforce President Trump's travel ban. 

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Rob Porter resigned as White House staff secretary in February 2018 amid abuse allegations made by his ex-wives.

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White House Counsel Don McGahn

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H.R. McMaster was replaced by John Bolton as national security advisor in March 2018.

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White House aide Kelly Sadler left her position in June 2018 after reportedly mocking Sen. John McCain.

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Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn announced his resignation in March 2018 after becoming a key architect of the 2017 tax overhaul 

(REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Russian officials. 

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President Trump announced David Shulkin was out as secretary of veterans affairs by sending a tweet announcing he had nominated his personal physican, Ronny Jackson, to replace him on March 28, 2018.

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Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in early May.

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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned in July.

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Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus resigned in July.

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Former advisor to President Donald Trump Steve Bannon resigned in August.

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Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director was fired in July after just 10 days on the job. 

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Trump fired Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh amid White House leaks in April.

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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigned in late September. 

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President Trump fired U.S. Attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara in March.

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Mike Dubke resigned as White House communications director in late May.

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Walter Shaub, former Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics in Washington, DC resigned in July.

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White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka resigned in August 2017. 

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Rick Dearborn, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs, left the White House in December 2017.

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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 criticized 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 apologize after the remark was leaked to the press, but the White House has not publicly apologized for the comment, which upset the McCain family. 

 

 

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