‘I Would Have Done It Differently’: Trump Distances Himself From Spicer’s Cell Phone Checks


Many were surprised to learn that in an effort to crack down on White House leaks, press secretary Sean Spicer recently took the extreme step of collecting the cell phones of staffers to be subjected to thorough searches. The drastic move comes as the administration is dogged by headlines surrounding information being leaked to the press; Spicer’s crackdown was then, ironically, leaked to the press and first reported by CNN.

But when President Donald Trump was asked about the press secretary’s move by Fox & Friends in an exclusive White House interview that aired Tuesday morning, the Commander in Chief admitted that he would not have done what Spicer did.

Steve Doocy said to the president, “Sean Spicer asked his communication team, ‘Alright come on in everybody. Put your phone right over there. We have a leaker here. We’re gonna have the White House lawyer look at your phones.’ How intent are you on finding who the leaker or leakers are in your administration? Not just your communications team, but over at the State Department, maybe the intel community, everywhere?”

“Well first of all, Sean Spicer is a fine human being. He’s a fine person,” the president began in his response. He then revealed, “I would have done it differently. I would have gone one-on-one with different people.”

POLITICO reported one source who referred to Spicer’s gathering as an “emergency meeting.” Another senior administration official revealed, “there is a lot of insecurity” within the walls of the White House.

“I would have handled it different than Sean, but Sean handles it his way, and I’m okay with it,” Trump concluded to Fox & Friends, before joking that it were under him, “there are things you can do that are a hell of a lot worse.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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