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Trump denies 'major leak process' at White House amid phone check reports

US President Donald Trump has denied there is a "major leak process" at the White House following reports that press secretary Sean Spicer targeted leaks from his own staff.

In an interview with Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, Mr Trump responded to a Politico report that said Mr Spicer convened an "emergency meeting" after details of a planning meeting got out, and conducted a "phone check" to prove they had not been leaking information.

He said he "would have handled it differently than Sean. But Sean handles it his way and I'm okay with it".

Mr Trump said "Sean Spicer is a fine human being", but added: "I would have gone one-on-one with different people."

The president also said White House officials have "sort of ideas" about who may have leaked information, adding that "we have people from other campaigns, we have people from other governments".

Mr Trump said he believes former president Barack Obama is behind some of the protests against Republican politicians across the country.

He responded to a question about the protests, saying: "I think that President Obama is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it."

The president added that he thinks Obama loyalists are also behind the White House leaks.

Mr Trump conceded: "I also understand that's politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that's politics. And it will probably continue."

He said he is not surprised, adding: "I'm changing things that (Obama) wanted to do."

Mr Trump said he is tougher than Mr Obama in terms of his efforts to deport anyone living in the country illegally.


From Belfast Telegraph