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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 McCainArizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ Trump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief 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 ConwayOn The Money: Cohen reportedly questioned over Trump dealings with Russia | Trump hails economy | Tells workers to 'start looking' if they want a better job | Internal poll shows tax law backfiring on GOP Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet CNN's Cuomo signs on with SiriusXM to host weekday radio show 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.