National Security

Trump Blames Obama for Recent Intelligence Leaks


President Donald Trump placed responsibility for recent intelligence leaks directly in former President Barack Obama's hands during an interview on Tuesday.

"I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it," Trump said of recent intelligence leaks on Fox News channel's "Fox and Friends." He suggested Obama was motivated by politics and that the leaks, which he said were "very bad in terms of national security," would "probably continue," according to CNN.

Trump also told "Fox and Friends" that Obama was behind recent town hall protests.

"I think he is behind it. I also think it is politics, that's the way it is," Trump said.

Trump's comments came after several leaks which administration officials blamed on former Obama employees. The Washington Free Beacon reported plots by former Obama officials to attack both former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and White House advisor Sebastian Gorka.

Trump administration officials also claimed that Obama holdovers attempted to sabotage Trump by releasing an incomplete memo suggesting that Trump's travel ban focusing on seven Muslim-majority countries contradicted government intelligence.