Mark Meadows is aggressively going after White House leaks — according to anonymous leakers: report
Some of the most informative quotes on events in the Trump White House come from insiders who are interviewed anonymously for major publications such as the New York Times, Vanity Fair and the Washington Post. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, is not happy about leaks within the Trump Administration — and is determined to punish anyone he catches leaking information to journalists. But ironically, Meadows’ scheme was leaked to Axios.
Meadows, Swan reports, is doing everything he can to catch leakers. And according to Swan, “multiple officials” have told Axios that Meadows has been “unusually vocal about his tactics.”
A source described by Swan as a former White House staffer told Axios, “Meadows told me he was doing that. I don’t know if it ever worked.”
However, Swan reports that so far, Meadows’ tactics have only trapped one person he suspected of a “minor leak.”
An anonymous source told Axios that Meadows is “focused on national security leaks and could care less about the palace intrigue stories.”
Swan explains, “Meadows, Trump’s fourth chief of staff in three and a half years, faces the same problem all of his predecessors face: in the leakiest White House in modern history, how does one possibly satisfy a president who has privately said he feels like he's surrounded by snakes? All of Trump's chiefs have tried to stop the leaks, with no success, but perhaps nobody tried harder than Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney never netted the sort of catch Trump wanted.”