By Brian Cates
At his very first press conference as a newly inaugurated President, Trump boasted of having held a secret meeting with intelligence officials, then watching news of that secret briefing appears in the mainstream media. That initial press conference was where Trump first said the words “The leaks are real, the news is fake.”
Trump used that briefing with intelligence officials as an opportunity to prove top officials in the Swamp would eagerly leak details of classified briefings to the news media.
Trump doing this was stunning to Mollie Hemingway, who has several times commented on how quickly this event was memory-holed. It was so rapidly forgotten for this reason: President Trump effectively pulling off even a simple intelligence operation to expose leakers and rubbing the media’s faces in it simply did not fit their deeply ingrained view of the former reality television star as being an idiot.
Here’s what Trump said at that press conference:
I’ll tell you what does happen. I have many meetings with intelligence. And every time I meet, people are reading about it. Somebody’s leaking it out. So, there’s — maybe it’s my office.
Maybe in my office, because I have a lot of people, a lot of great people. Maybe it’s them. And what I did is I said I won’t tell anybody. I’m going to have a meeting, and I won’t tell anybody about my meeting with intelligence.
And what happened is I had my meeting.