Donald Trump Calls for Lie Detectors in the White House
- Donald Trump has weighed making his staff take lie detector tests
- President is concerned about leaks coming from his administration
- Most leaks involve news stories he does not view favorable to him
- ‘He wanted to polygraph every employee in the building to unearth who it was who spoke to the press,’ an official said
- Trump has long been paranoid about leaks
- He has complained of ‘snakes’ in the White House
- He has brought in people to try to weed out the leakers
Donald Trump has weighed making his staff take lie detector tests as he has become obsessed with leaks coming out of his White House, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The president and his team have complained about leaks before, particularly when it paints his administration in an unflattering light – such as details of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, his desire to buy Greenland, and his wish to build a moat for his border wall containing alligators and snakes.
But Trump has gotten so obsessed with the leaks that he has frequently discussed ordering polygraphs of White House staffers after major revelations, four former White House officials told Politico.
Donald Trump has weighed making his staff take lie detector tests
‘He wanted to polygraph every employee in the building to unearth who it was who spoke to the press,’ one of the officials said.
There have been previous indications the White House is concerned about leaks, going back to when Trump first entered the Oval Office in 2017.
And Trump’s frustration with the leakers is often tied to press coverage he considers unfavorable – or fake news.
He’s brought in people before to try and weed out the leakers – although the leaks keep coming.
When Anthony Scaramucci was brought in for his short-lived tenure as White House communications director in July 2017, he vowed to get rid of all the leakers.
‘What I want to do is I want to f***ing kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people,’ he told The New Yorker in an infamous interview that got him fired after seven days on the job.
In September 2018, after an anonymous White House staffer published the ‘resistance’ memo in The New York Times, Trump was reported to have railed against ‘snakes’ in his administration and to carry a list of staffers he suspected of leaking information.
‘When he was super frustrated about the leaks, he would rail about the ‘snakes’ in the White House,’ a source told Axios at the time.
Trump has demanded to know the whistle-blower’s identity.
Past presidents have also had to deal with leakers.
President Barack Obama and his administration pursued leakers – but those investigations typically had to do with national security matters.
In 2012, Jim Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence requested intelligence employees be asked if they shared classified information with the media after several secrets leaked.
The Obama administration also obtained phone records from Associated Press and Fox News reporters as part of their probe into how classified material leaked.
Polygraph use on staff is common in the intelligence arena, where most of the information in the agency is classified and officials can be ordered to take the tests on a moments notice as a condition of their employment.
It’s less common for political staff and appointees.
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