New Report Says Trump Wanted Leakers “Executed”

( A troubling report was recently released by various media outlets this week, which shed light on some comments former President Donald Trump allegedly made while in office.

A new book released this week says that in May of last year, Trump had to be rushed into an underground bunker at the White House while protests were building outside. When that happened, then-president Trump told advisors of his that those who leaked that information to the media “should be charged with treason” and “executed.”

Last May, the New York Times reported the president went to the underground bunker. It had been used during terrorist attacks on the country under former President George W. Bush as well.

Trump went there as a large crowd of protesters swelled outside the White House following the murder of George Floyd while in police custody. People from the crowd threw bricks and bottles toward the White House and were shouting expletives at Trump.

At the time, CNN reported that Trump was in the bunker for roughly an hour. Once the leak got out, the president said he only went there for a little bit, and just “for inspection.”

Following the incident, Trump allegedly complained about how leaks from inside his administration led to media outlets reporting on the bunker and his trip to it. This all happened during a meeting with his top advisers from the West Wing, military and law enforcement agencies.

This is all covered in a new book that came out this week called “Frankly We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.” It’s written by Michael Bender, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

An excerpt of the book CNN obtained reads:

“Trump boiled over about the bunker story as soon as they arrived and shouted at them to smoke out whoever had leaked it. It was the most upset some aides had ever seen the president.”

Trump allegedly said:

“Whoever did that, they should be charged with treason! … They should be executed!”

The book continues to describe a dialogue between Trump and Mark Meadows, who then was serving as the White House chief of staff. Meadows “repeatedly tried to calm the president as startled aides avoided eye contact,” the book reads.”

When Trump allegedly pressed Meadows about his progress on finding the source of the leak, Meadows apparently became “obsessed” with tracking that person or people down.

Bender even said that aides who listened to Trump’s alleged threats “had interpreted the outburst as a sign of a president in panic.”

The entire story is not a good look at all for the former president. Despite how you feel about him — good or bad — it wouldn’t be a good sign if a sitting president, or anyone for that matter, was threatening that people should seriously be executed for leaking information.

This, of course, all depends on whether you believe Bender and if the incident even happened at all. With today’s media, it’s really hard to believe it happened exactly as the book is explaining it.

In fact, earlier this week, Liz Harrington, who is Trump’s new spokeswoman, said the incident described in the book never happened. She tweeted:

“This story is completely false. President Trump never said or suggested this to anyone, and this fact was given to the book’s author during the fact-checking process for this book.”