In a listening session on Thursday, President Donald Trump told congressmen that the leakers must “pay a big price for leaking.” His statement referred to the accusations about General Flynn who recently resigned from the Trump administration. Since Flynn was under investigation by the FBI and NSA, Trump (purportedly) asked him to resign.
The session on Thursday had been schedule several weeks prior, according to Donald Trump. Its purpose was for him to thank his supporters and show them public support. However, his initial announcements were about his upcoming “speech in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday.” He mentioned it twice. According to the president, the tickets are sold out. So, he offered for people to attend something that is unavailable.
Congressman Collins introduced the group as “the Trump caucus.” These were his earliest supporters and allies. Among the people in attendance were Congressmen: Duncan Hunter (R-NY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Tom Reed (R-FL), Tom Marino (R- PA), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Tom Kelly (PA), Billy Long (R-MI), and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN). Some of the these congressmen and women simply provide salutations. Other representatives shared their concerns for the constituents.
Energy and Telecommunications were high on the list. President Trump assured the congressional members that “we’re going to get it.” This was in response to a direct request for broadband expansion in Tennessee. It is unclear whether the expansions will be for just Tennessee or all of America.
Shortly after the introductions, the president fielded one question. “Are you going to find some of the leakers, Mr. President?” Trump’s response said that all of the fuss about Russia is because of the leakers. “It’s all about the leakers,” the president said. He then vowed to find and punish the leakers.
It is quite alarming to have the leader of what is known as “The Free World” to speak in such blazen terms. Leaked information is a part of the checks that the media is able to play on centralized government. Many times, these “leaks” allow for a president to understand the pulse of the citizenry. At the moment, it serves to silence people who may be labelled as “whistle blowers.”