Donald Trump demanded to know the identities of US officials who gave a whistleblower information about his phone call with the president of Ukraine that sparked an official impeachment inquiry earlier this week, according to a new report.
The president told a crowd of his staff that anyone who provided the whistleblower with information was “close to a spy”.
He then said that “in the old days” spies were “dealt with differently,” New York Times’ Maggie Haberman wrote in a report published on Thursday afternoon.
Mr Trump went on to reportedly refer to the media as “scum” during the meeting, which was closed off to reporters.
"I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information because that’s close to a spy,” the president said. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”