“Fox & Friends” delivered a blunt message to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, warning him that internal leaks are coming from those who he trusts.
“The president cannot trust his own staff,” said co-host Steve Doocy. “It’s just sad.”
The segment on the Fox News morning show broadly focused on a piece by Axios’ reporter Jonathan Swan that investigated the culture of leaking at the White House and why the leakers did it.
“One guy that was interviewed said he tries to put in different — you might say a certain idiom or you might say a certain phrasing — he might put that in the leak so it looks like you did it and not me,” said fellow co-host Ainsley Earhardt.
UPDATE: One of the leakers reached out with an additional quote which we’re adding to the story — ““To cover my tracks, I usually pay attention to other staffers’ idioms and use that in my background quotes. That throws the scent off me.” https://t.co/OMNonHjHe8
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) May 13, 2018
In the Axios piece, Swan spoke to various leakers who he engages with regularly to figure out what motivates them.
“To be honest, it probably falls into a couple of categories,” a staffer told Swan. “The first is personal vendettas. And two is to make sure there’s an accurate record of what’s really going on in the White House.”
Trump is known to be a regular viewer of “Fox & Friends,” and the show’s coverage can spark tweets from the president that can take over the news cycle. The focus on leaking today suggests the president won’t be letting the issue go anytime soon.
An earlier version of this article misidentified Steve Doocy as Peter Doocy. Peter is his son who also works as a reporter for the channel