Trump launches all-out war on his own intelligence agencies as he says malicious NSA and FBI leakers are ‘illegally’ giving out classified information to reporters ‘like candy’

  • The president said Wednesday that malicious leakers inside the NSA and FBI were responsible for a tempest that led to Gen. Mike Flynn’s dismissal
  • ‘The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy,’ he tweeted
  • Trump claims the New York Times and Washington Post are getting material ‘illegally given’ to them
  • In a jab at his predecessor, Trump wrote: ‘Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?’ 

Donald Trump is pushing back against a growing chorus of suggestions that he and his aides had improper contact with the Russian government during his presidential campaign, saying malicious leakers inside the U.S. Intelligence Community touched off the scandal by talking to reporters.

‘The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!’ he tweeted.

The president faces accusations that he was needlessly sympathetic to Moscow, along with renewed suspicions that his foreign policy was informed by threats of blackmail from Vladimir Putin‘s government.

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President Donald Trump, shown speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, attacked his own intelligence agencies on Wednesday, blaming malicious leakers for the scandal that toppled his national security advisor

'The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!' Trump tweeted

‘The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!’ Trump tweeted

He claimed Wednesday morning on Twitter that the firestorm surrounding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s ouster is a media conspiracy fueled by vengeful partisans inside U.S. intelligence agencies, and that the Obama administration – not his own – was ‘soft on Russia.’

‘Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?),’ Trump tweeted. ‘Just like Russia.’

He claimed that ‘[t]his Russian connection non-sense [sic] is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.’

And in a jab at his predecessor, Trump wrote: ‘Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?’

Trump began his early morning tweet-storm with a swipe at cable TV hosts from the two networks he loves to hate.

The president hat-tipped reporter Eli Lake, who told a Fox News Channel audience about banana republic'-type leaks from inside the Intelligence Community – but wrote that 

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned Monday night following a steady media drumbeat that Trump says was fueled by selective leaks from inside the FBI and NSA

Trump claimed media 'conspiracies' and 'blind hatred' from reporters, saying MSNBC and CNN are treating him unfairly

Trump claimed media ‘conspiracies’ and ‘blind hatred’ from reporters, saying MSNBC and CNN are treating him unfairly

‘The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred,’ he wrote.