BREAKING NEWS LIVE STREAM 7 p.m.: Indiana governor candidates debating for second, final time Full Story

There's 1 very simple reason why this is the leakiest White House ever

President Donald Trump is mad as hell about the leak of a White House meeting in which an aide named ...

Posted: May 15, 2018 2:21 PM
Updated: May 15, 2018 2:21 PM

President Donald Trump is mad as hell about the leak of a White House meeting in which an aide named Kelly Sadler "joked" that Arizona Sen. John McCain was "dying anyway."

"The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible," Trump tweeted Monday. "With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!"

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway upped the ante on Fox News Monday night, answering in the affirmative when asked whether there would be personnel changes in the White House as a result of these leaks.

The message from the White House is simple: We will find the leakers. We will get rid of them. They are traitors. And fraidy-cats.

But all of that chest-thumping ignores the more important question: Why are there so many -- and so many damaging -- leaks coming from the White House?

The answer to that question is very, very simple. And that answer is: Donald John Trump.

Now, there are several parts to the answer.

1. It's Donald Trump because he is someone who himself has shown a penchant for using the media -- via selected leaks of information -- to finesse the narrative to be more favorable to him. Never forget that the President of the United States once made up a person named John Miller, a young PR person in the Trump organization, to call gossip columnists and talk up "Mr. Trump's" virility, sexual attractiveness, wealth and overall coolness. Trump was Miller! Miller was Trump!

If you think Trump's symbiotic relationship with the media -- primarily conducted via leaks -- stopped before he was President, ask yourself this: Would someone who made up a character as a vehicle to leak favorable information for himself (and unfavorable information for his enemies) suddenly turn against leaks when he entered politics? The answer to that question is, of course, absolutely not.

2. It's Donald Trump because the best way to communicate with Trump is via the media. Time and time again reports -- based on leaks!!! -- out of the White House suggest that aides seeking to influence Trump on policy or on some other contentious issue take to cable TV or selective leaks to major print newspapers to do so. That strategy speaks to a) how much cable TV Trump watches and b) how much he consumes his presidency through the lens of cable TV. Leaks about a certain policy or even a certain person that drive news coverage are a far more effective way to ensure that issue or person gets seen by Trump than a memo written to the President or even a verbal mention in a meeting context.

3. It's Donald Trump because he encourages the knife combat between rival aides and advisers. "I will tell you something else that's going on in this White House, but not as badly as it was in the beginning, it's not so much leaking as using the media to shiv each other," Conway said Monday night. And she's right! But, she forgot to note that the reason so many White House staffers are trying to "shiv" each other is because they know that's what the boss likes.

"I like conflict," Trump said in March. "I like having two people with different points of view, and I certainly have that. And then I make a decision. But I like watching it, I like seeing it, and I think it's the best way to go. I like different points of view."

Think of it sort of like "Gladiator" where two men would fight and Joaquin Phoenix would then give the thumbs up or thumbs down -- influenced by the crowd -- as to whether they lived or died. The gladiators may not have liked the process but it was the only one they had. Same goes for Trump's White House staff. If you don't fight -- and that includes leaking to make yourself look good and your opponents look bad -- you aren't in the game. And, if you aren't in the game, you can't win.

This White House leaks and leaks and leaks because Donald Trump is the leaker-in-chief. It's that simple.

West Lafayette
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 44°
Kokomo
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 40°
Rensselaer
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 39°
Fowler
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 39°
Williamsport
Overcast
42° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 42°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 41°
Frankfort
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 45°
Delphi
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 44°
Monticello
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 41°
Logansport
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 41°
Cool, wet evening....rain ending, but fog redeveloping.....
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 164581

Reported Deaths: 4143
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion26055792
Lake14436358
St. Joseph9606168
Elkhart9271138
Allen8647231
Hamilton6400115
Vanderburgh617162
Tippecanoe396715
Porter347550
Hendricks3418134
Monroe335638
Johnson3286130
Delaware311575
Clark306263
Vigo275340
Madison250896
LaPorte239261
Cass229724
Warrick205065
Kosciusko201127
Floyd187468
Howard169466
Bartholomew147958
Marshall147428
Dubois146426
Wayne142031
Grant133539
Henry133030
Boone129150
Hancock124744
Noble122935
Jackson121018
Dearborn103128
Morgan100340
Lawrence96838
Gibson94412
Clinton92416
Daviess92334
Shelby90632
LaGrange82815
Knox81810
Harrison81024
Posey7767
Putnam77616
Fayette76719
DeKalb76011
Jasper6885
Miami6715
Steuben6608
Montgomery63122
White62316
Greene57838
Adams5607
Scott55413
Decatur52839
Ripley4838
Whitley4836
Clay4617
Sullivan45714
Wells45611
Huntington4455
Starke4438
Wabash4439
Orange42425
Spencer4176
Randolph39210
Jennings38713
Washington3873
Franklin38325
Fulton3785
Perry36914
Jefferson3655
Pike35718
Carroll34313
Jay3386
Fountain3293
Tipton28423
Vermillion2721
Parke2564
Rush2464
Blackford2394
Newton23711
Owen2151
Martin2050
Pulaski1783
Crawford1631
Brown1473
Ohio1337
Union1140
Benton1130
Switzerland980
Warren911
Unassigned0236

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events