Dem Rep. Maxine Waters: Leakers "Trying To Tell Us Something," They Wouldn't Do That To A Credible President

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In a Sunday morning interview with MSNBC's Joy Ann Reid, Rep. Maxine Waters said the need to find out what "not credible" President Trump is up to outweighs the executive's need for confidentiality, when it comes to leaks, including leaks regarding classified and national security matters:

"Of course we don't want classified information leaked out," Waters explained. "But I don't think they would do that with a credible president."

Trump has been leaked about more than any other president, she says, because: "They're doing that to this president because he defined himself as someone that cannot be trusted. Someone that will get this country in trouble."

Waters concludes: "I welcome the leaks. I welcome the information."

She added bluntly: "That keeps us focused on him and talking about what is wrong with him."


JOY ANN REID: So you don't agree with those who say wait, this is a national security problem, we should not be leaking these conversations?

Not really, because the first thing they need to do is start with the president. He gave classified information to Russians in the White House. Our ally, Israel, was very upset with us. So start with him, number one. Number two, if people around you are leaking in the way they're doing, they're trying to tell us something.

Of course we don't want classified information leaked out, and I don't think they would do that with a credible president.

They're doing that to this president because he defined himself as someone that cannot be trusted. Someone that will get this country in trouble. And so I welcome the leaks. I welcome the information.

That keeps us focused on him and talking about what is wrong with him.

REID: Were you embarrassed by the content of those communications with Mexico and Australia?

WATERS: It was so embarrassing. Can you believe that the President of the United States would call the President of Mexico and try to get him to act against his own best interests, by saying please, don't say that you won't pay, you know, for building this wall. You're getting me in trouble. Why don't we just say we'll work it out. How dishonest can you be?

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