(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration is looking into who in the intelligence community leaked news of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's phone call with the Russian ambassador prior to the inauguration.
“I’ve gone to all of the folks in charge of all of the various agencies, and ... I’ve actually asked the Justice Department to look into the leaks. Those are criminal leaks,” he said. “They’re put out by people either in agencies - I think you’ll see it’s stopping, because now we have our people in.
“Again, we don’t have our people in, because we can’t get them approved by the Senate. We just had Jeff Sessions approved in Justice as an example, so we are looking into that very seriously. It’s a criminal act,” Trump said.
The president said he was also surprised to hear details of his phone calls with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaked to the press.
“When I was called out on Mexico, honestly I was really, really surprised, but I said, you know it doesn’t make sense. That won’t happen, but that wasn’t that important a call. It was fine. I could show it to the world, and he could show it to the world,” said Trump.
“Same thing with Australia. I said, that’s terrible that it was leaked, but it wasn’t that important. But then I said to myself, what happens when I’m dealing with the problem of North Korea? What happens when I’m dealing with the problems in the Middle East?” he asked.
“Are you folks going to be reporting all of that very, very confidential information, very important...at the highest level? Are you going to be reporting about that too?” Trump asked. “So I don’t want classified information getting out to the public, and in a way that was almost a test. So I’m dealing with Mexico. I’m dealing with Argentina.
“We were dealing on this case with Mike Flynn - all this information gets put into the Washington Post and gets put into the New York Times, and I’m saying, what’s going to happen when I’m dealing with the Middle East, what’s gonna happen when I’m dealing with really, really important subjects like North Korea? We gotta stop it. That’s why it’s a criminal penalty,” he said.