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Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks  

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NEW YORK (AP) — When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides’ cell phones to check for communication with reporters. The crackdown quickly leaked.

President Donald Trump now says he probably would have handled the situation differently, meeting with staff one-on-one instead — but perhaps still demanding to look at their phones.

“I mean, you know, there are things you can do that are a hell of a lot worse than that, I’ll be honest with you,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview aired Tuesday.

Trump denied that there was a “major leak process” at the White House. So who did it?

“We have sort of ideas,” Trump said. “But don’t forget, we have people from other campaigns, we have people from other governments. We’ve got a lot of people here.”

Spicer’s losing round in Washington’s perpetual game of information Whack-a-mole was hardly a surprise. In trying to plug leaks from anonymous sources, President Donald Trump and his aides are going after one of the most entrenched practices in Washington politics and journalism, an exercise that has exposed corruption, fueled scandals and spread gossip for decades.