President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with teachers, school administrators and parents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 14, 2017.Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump has denied there is a “major leak process” in the White House and accused former president Barack Obama of being behind some of the protests against his administration.
The President was responding to reports that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, had targeted his own staff over leaks.
In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, Mr Trump responded to a question about the protests and said: “I think that President Obama is behind it, because his people are certainly behind it.”
He added that he thought Obama loyalists were possibly behind some White House leaks.
He said: “I also understand that’s politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that’s politics. And it will probably continue.
“I’m changing things that (Obama) wanted to do.”
Mr Trump also said he is tougher than Mr Obama when it comes to deporting anyone living in the country illegally.
Responding to a report that claimed Mr Spicer convened an “emergency meeting” after details of a planning meeting got out and that he conducted a “phone check” to prove people hadn’t been leaking information, Mr Trump said he would have “handled it different than Sean”.
He added: “But Sean handles it his way and I’m OK with it.”
He added that “Sean Spicer is a fine human being” but “I would have gone one-on-one with different people”.