NYT: Trump Told Advisers He Wants To Prosecute Whoever Leaked His Bunker Visit
President Donald Trump reportedly has told advisers that he wants to find and prosecute the people responsible for making known that he was taken to the White House bunker last month amid protests in the capital.
The New York Times reported that Trump’s demand was issued as the president has “become consumed, once again, with leaks from the White House.”
Times reporter Maggie Haberman said three people familiar with his comments confirmed the account.
This tidbit was tucked into a more broad report detailing White House aides’ concerns that Trump is sabotaging his own reelection with his “continued his incendiary behavior in public and on Twitter” — a matter about which aides have reportedly warned the president.
People close to Trump told The Times that “his repeated acts of political self-sabotage — a widely denounced photo-op at a church for which peaceful protesters were forcibly removed, a threat to use the American military to quell protests — have significantly damaged his re-election prospects, and yet he appears mostly unable, or unwilling, to curtail them.
Those close to the president also said that Trump has “shown enthusiasm for resuming his trademark rallies” but “has not seemed excited about the possibility of governing for four more years.”
Former and current advisers told the newspaper that for Trump, “the high of winning the presidency has rarely been matched by the duties that come with the position.”
Trump reportedly has pushed back on warnings that he is doing harm to his reelection chances, saying, “I have to be myself.”