Spicer's Crackdown on Leaks Promptly Leaks

What happens in the White House is not staying in the White House
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2017 12:25 PM CST
Spicer's Crackdown on Leaks Promptly Leaks
White House press secretary Sean Spicer walks to the podium before speaking during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sean Spicer recently held an abrupt meeting in which he berated his staffers about White House leaks that had been appearing in the media, ordering them to leave their phones at the door for a "phone check" in order to show they weren't hiding anything. We know this because news of this meeting immediately leaked, reports Politico, which cites "sources in the room." Spicer warned staffers against using encrypted texting apps to carry out their leaks—a message that was apparently not taken to heart, amid what Politico terms as a "pressure cooker environment" in which staffers are worried about saving their necks. Spicer's move comes after President Trump has voiced repeated frustration with such leaks, notes the Hill. Spicer, Politico notes, had no comment. (More Sean Spicer stories.)

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