The unauthorized leak of transcripts from President Donald Trump's phone calls with leaders in Mexico and Australia has raised some serious security questions.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump discussed his theory about the “disgraceful” leak with Fox News. He said:
“It’s a disgrace that they leaked because it’s very much against our country. It’s a very dangerous thing for this country."
Fox News reported that Trump blamed “Obama people,” but did not give specifics as to why he believed that “holdovers” from the previous administration were responsible.
On Sunday, his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway echoed his sentiment, albeit a bit more subtly.
During an interview with Fox News' Howie Kurtz, Conway said the administration is “very concerned” with the leak because “we're not leakers.”
She wouldn't “conclude” anything, but repeated the speculation that she's heard. Conway told Kurtz:
“Could be state department officials who are holdovers. It certainly isn't Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his close advisers.”
The senior adviser dismissed the notion that anyone within the current administration could be held accountable. She described the powerful responsibility their positions hold:
“Those who serve the president are duty-bound to this country to not leak information that could jeopardize all of us.”
Based on the “major changes” described by Tillerson, Conway would expect to see new procedures applied to leaks within the State Department.
Conway also doesn't believe the leaks came from Mexico or Austraila, saying those calls were “unflattering” for those leaders.