White House says leaks “close to treason” while Trump says they are just fake news

Today in Trump Tweets.

The Trump administration has been dogged by leaks for months, but the president on Sunday morning tweeted that unnamed sources were just “#FakeNews.”

President Donald Trump’s tweets came at nearly the same moment that his Homeland Security Secretary, General John Kelly, was telling NBC’s Meet The Press that leaks about the deadly bombing at a Manchester concert last week were “close to treason.’

“I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leaked — high, high level of classification… I think it’s darn close to treason,” Kelly said.

The name of the suspected attacker and photos from the scene of the attack at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night were published in the New York Times on Wednesday. The authenticity of the photos were confirmed by a senior law enforcement official, according to NBC News. The leak triggered a “brief pause” in intelligence sharing between British investigators and U.S. officials.


Trump’s tweets Sunday did not explain which leaks he was referring to, but said that in his opinion, they are made up by reporters.

He went on to Tweet, “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names…. it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”

Trump also tweeted Sunday that he had spoken to British Prime Minister Theresa May about the bombing leaks and that she was “very angry.”

Trump himself has been criticized for leaking sensitive information — but to Russians, not to the press. On May 10, Trump met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, reportedly telling them about an ISIS plan that the U.S. only knew about through foreign intelligence partners.


Trump went on to deny that the information came from Israel. Israeli officials were “angry and alarmed,” Foreign Policy reported.

Many of the leaks out of the Trump administration have been politically — rather than nationally — damaging. Some have been outright ridiculous. In January, Trump reportedly planted staff in the crowd to clap during a speech to the CIA. But the following month, a series of leaks led to the resignation of Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. Budget documents have also been routinely leaked before officially being made public.

Over the weekend, Axios reported that Trump intends to pull out of the Paris climate agreement — according to three unnamed sources within the administration. Breitbart confirmed the reporting, although also did not name any sources.

Trump had tweeted on Friday that he would decide whether to withdraw from the agreement, which was signed by nearly every country in the world, this coming week.