Trump Vows to Catch ‘Low-Life Leak­ers’

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Wash i n g t o n : US P r e si dent Don­ald Trump vowed on Thurs­day to catch those re­spon­si­ble for in­tel­li­gence leaks that led to the ouster of his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor over contacts with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to Wash­ing­ton.

“The spot­light has fi­nally been put on the low-life leak­ers! They will be caught!” Trump de­clared in an early morn­ing tweet, the lat­est in a series of Twit­ter at­tacks that have por­trayed the leaks as part of a cam­paign to un­der­mine his ad­min­is­tra­tion. “Leak­ing, and even il­le­gal clas­si­fied leak­ing, has been a big prob­lem in Wash­ing­ton for years. Fail­ing @ny­times (and oth­ers) must apol­o­gize!” The pres­i­dent on Wed­nes­day de­cried the treat­ment of his ousted na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor, Mike Flynn, even though Trump him­self fired the re­tired gen­eral for mislead­ing Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence about con­ver­sa­tions he had had with Rus­sian Am­bas­sador Sergey Kislyak.

In­stead Trump lashed out at the leaks, specif­i­cally point­ing the fin­ger at the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency and the FBI as a pos­si­ble source of the leaks and sug­gest­ing that the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies were seek­ing to un­der­mine him.

“It’s crim­i­nal ac­tions, crim­i­nal act, and it’s been go­ing on for a long time — be­fore me,” Trump said at a White House news con­fer­ence with Is­raelileader Ben­jam­inNe­tanyahu. “But now it’s re­ally go­ing on, and peo­ple are try­ing to cover up for a ter­ri­ble loss that the Democrats had un­der Hil­lary Clin­ton.”

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