Trump is a Leaker To Media as Anonymous Source For Good Coverage, New Book Claims

President Donald Trump leaks directly to top mainstream media outlets in order to attain more positive coverage, despite the commander-in-chief’s very public attacks on the media, according to a new book released Tuesday.

The president routinely calls up reporters and is attributed as a “senior White House official,” author and veteran reporter Ronald Kessler claims in the book “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game.” 

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was also accused in the book of being a major leaker to the media.

“Trump phones Maggie Haberman of the New York Times directly, as well as Philip Rucker of the Washington Post, and Jonathan Swan of Axios, feeding them stories attributed to ‘a senior White House official,’ creating the impression the White House leaks even more than it already does,” Kessler wrote, according to People. “In other cases, the media has picked up reports on what Trump himself has said to his friends.”

Trump has specifically tried to win over The Times’s Haberman, who’s come up with some of the biggest and most damning stories about the Trump administration over the last year.

“He wants eventually to win her over,” Kessler quoted an unnamed Trump aide as saying. “The president subscribes to the general theory that a little love can go a long way. Even if a story will be bad, give it a shot and maybe it will come out a little better.”

The allegations about the president stand in firm contrast to his bashing of the media. Trump has routinely called major news networks and newspapers “fake news,” and claimed their sources were made up.

“The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast. The “Fakers” at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!,” Trump tweeted Tuesday in reference to the controversy about Sinclair Broadcasting Group having television anchors across the country read scripts for ads about media fairness.

Conway was also blasted as a leaker by White House aides, according to Kessler.

“The fact was she was a constant leaker to the press about her own colleagues,” he wrote. “Through friends of reporters who received them, White House aides saw texts from Conway purporting to leak information about them.”

Kessler made similar accusations during an interview with CNN on Sunday. He claimed Conway had become so used to leaking information that she once forgot an interview was on-the-record while she bashed White House senior advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Conway addressed Kessler’s claims on Fox News Monday saying, “Leakers get great press. And one day…I will have my say.”