Sanders: White House 'leakers' should be fired

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said that "so-called leakers” in the West Wing should be fired.

During an interview on Fox News, Sanders called it “disgusting” and “disloyal” to reveal internal discussions to the news media and said the White House is “focused intensely” on putting a stop to the practice.

“We fired people over leaking before — I’ve personally fired people over leaking before — and we certainly would be very willing to do so again,” Sanders told the hosts of “Fox & Friends,” one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Zucker: Trump 'secretly watching CNN' all day and night GOP candidate behind 'Deportation Bus' loses in gubernatorial bid Penn to Hewitt: Mueller probe born out of ‘hysteria’ MORE’s favorite television shows.


The White House has come under intense scrutiny for its handling of comments made by special assistant Kelly Sadler, who said it does not matter if Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Pompeo lays out new Iran terms | Pentagon hints at more aggressive posture against Iran | House, Senate move on defense bill Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Sarah Sanders: ‘Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration’ MORE (R-Ariz.) supports Trump’s CIA nominee because “he’s dying anyway.”

Sadler’s derisive remarks, which were first reported by The Hill, came last Thursday during a closed-door meeting of the White House communications staff.

Trump and his staff are facing calls from members of Congress to publicly apologize for Sadler’s comments, but Sanders and others have indicated there will be no such apology. 

The White House has placed much greater emphasis on how Sadler’s comments became public rather than the content of her remarks.

Trump took to Twitter on Monday to label people who disclose information as “traitors and cowards” and suggested there is an investigation underway into who in the White House is sharing private conversations with the press.

Sanders’s comments echo those made by White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway pushes CNN's Stelter to say who he voted for in tense exchange Tina Fey returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Sarah Palin with advice for Trump staffers Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump hits federally funded clinics with new abortion restrictions MORE, who said Monday she expects staff changes as a result of last week’s report.

The White House has said on multiple occasions, however, that Sadler remains in her job while "so-called leakers,” as Trump referred to them in a tweet, are being hunted down.