The ABC’s “Insider” cast reacts as President Donald Trump announces his wiretap order and the news of the “Drain the Swamp” executive order.
Read moreNews break:ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos: President Trump’s decision to issue the order to the Justice Department is a first step, but a first in a broader campaign of executive orders and orders to dismantle the Obama administration.
Trump’s announcement follows his campaign promise to create an “enormous” wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and the president’s order on Saturday to create a task force on cybersecurity.
The ABC’s political analyst, Robert O’Brien, explains what the order means for the political landscape in the United States, and the significance of the president signing an executive order this early in his presidency.ABC’s Martha Raddatz: The president is saying that the government needs to stop the leaks of information to the media and that this will protect the president.
How do you respond to that?
O’Brien: The truth is the leaks are happening because the White House is so desperate for an audience, and they want to get as much of it out as they can.
If the president really wants to keep it a secret, it won’t be.
The leaks are coming out because the president wants them to.
The White House has been trying to say that this order is going to be an emergency and that they will be given the resources necessary to do it.
So I think the president is telling the truth and saying the leaks have gotten out because they have been so desperate.
The CBS Evening News: Can we count on the media to stay focused on what the president said?
Is it going to stop this leak culture?
Raddatz, with CBS Evening news anchor Charlie Rose, responds.
Rose: Well, the President of the United Kingdom, the prime minister of the Netherlands, the president of Germany, the foreign minister of France, have all been very explicit that they are concerned about this issue.
But they’re not going to sit around and wait for this to blow over.
The NBC News’ Chuck Todd: President Donald J. Trump said Friday that he would create an advisory task force to examine the leaks coming out of the Whitehouse.
How important is this as a campaign promise?
Todd, with NBC News political analyst Michael Isikoff, responds: You know, this is a big deal.
It’s a huge win for the president, but you have to remember that the leaks from the WhiteHouse are not coming from the leaks that are coming from inside the White house.
They’re coming from people who are leaking inside the administration.
The fact is that the president has already created an advisory panel to look at the leaks.
The New York Times’ David Leonhardt: The WhiteHouse said that it is not releasing any details of the task force.
How can you be so sure that they’re going to have no effect on leaking and that the WhiteHomes won’t have leaks coming from?
Leonhardt, with New York Magazine’s Jeffrey Toobin, explains why that’s so important.
The CNN Political Director: Are we looking at a situation where the president will have a political victory in this election?
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, CNN political analyst with Jonathan Capehart, discusses the presidents promise.
Sacks, with CNN political commentator John King, explains how that is going for Trump.
King, with “State of the Union,” political analyst Gloria Borger, discusses how the president can use the taskforce to try to stop leaks coming in from within the Whitehouses.ABC News’ Cecilia Vega: This is the second time in three weeks that President Trump has signed an executive action.
Is this a sign that he has taken his promise seriously?
Vega, with ABC News political commentator Dana Bash, answers.
Bash, with host George Stephanopolous, explains that the first time it happened, it wasn’t the president himself who was trying to stop it, but the White houses chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
Vega: There’s nothing to show for this executive action so far, but it seems to be a sign of the seriousness with which the president takes this issue of leaks.
Stephanopoulos, with George Sargent, responds to the president on Twitter.
Sargent is the White HOUSE press secretary, and he’s been a vocal critic of the leak issue.
He’s also been one of the most aggressive White House press officials in recent memory.
Sargeant is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a research organization that focuses on national security and international affairs.
Saggard is a foreign policy expert who is also a professor at Columbia University.
Both are members of the think tank’s foreign policy advisory group.
They both said they had been working on this issue for a long time, and that it was something they had had in mind for a while.S