Buck Sexton slammed the mainstream media and the deep state for their “spiteful” leak of transcripts of phone conversations between President Donald Trump and two world leaders during Thursday’s radio program.
On Thursday, The Washington Post published a pair of transcripts of phone conversations between President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turbull and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The conversations took place shortly after President Trump took office.
“You’ve had a series of leaks today, leaks that are clearly in violations of oaths, of laws, leaks that are deeply unethical, and leaks that serve only one purpose: to weaken this presidency even if it means weakening the country with it,” Buck said on Thursday.
“There was nothing in the phone call with either the President of Mexico or the Prime Minister of Australia that was damaging it was just maybe a bit embarrassing,” Buck added. “But at some point we have to wonder, ‘okay, would The Washington Post approve of someone setting up cameras in the East Wing and taking video of President Trump as he’s getting in and out of the bathroom? At what point is it too much?”
Buck isn’t alone in criticizing the leaks. On Friday, even several Democrats criticized the release of the transcripts.
“I don’t think the transcripts should have been leaked,” said Senator Ben Cardin on CNN. “We’ve had reports on both … the Australian call was well reported. So I don’t think it was a surprise to read the transcripts.”
Even David Axelrod, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, criticized the leaks:
Transcripts of @POTUS calls w/leaders of Mexico; Australia were embarrassing. Yet the leaking of them feels like a terrible precedent.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 4, 2017
“This isn’t about transparency,” Buck continued. “This isn’t about holding power accountable. This is about tearing down this president and those around him no matter what the cost.”
“This is just spite.”
Listen to the audio above!