WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ordered staff from the US mission to the United Nations on Thursday to find out who provided information to a whistleblower about his phone call with Ukraine’s president, because that amounts to a spy.
“I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information because that’s close to a spy,” Trump was quoted as saying by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.
“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Clearly suggesting that the government execute the whistle-blower’s sources, which is how we used to “handle” things in the old days.
Trump spoke on Thursday as a House of Representatives committee heard testimony from the acting US director of national intelligence on a whistleblower complaint about efforts by Trump to solicit Ukraine interference in the 2020 US presidential polls.
Upon arriving back in the Washington area later, Trump angrily denounced the Democratic-led hearing as a witch hunt.
The whistleblower report prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, to launch a formal impeachment inquiry this week into the Republican president.