Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana on Thursday suggested that White House staff who leak to the press are in danger of going to hell.
During an interview on CBS This Morning, Kennedy said that he was outraged at the news someone had leaked part of a presidential briefing that told President Donald Trump — in all caps — not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin. The advice was ignored.
According to Kennedy, the person who leaked the information “doesn’t have a soul.”
“We all ought to be concerned,” he told CBS host Gayle King. “It’s unconscionable. You know, if you dislike the president that much and you’re still working for him, you know, you don’t have a soul. You ought to quit.”
“I’m not saying the American people don’t have a right to know. They do,” he continued. “But I’m also saying that a president — whoever the president is — has a right to surround himself with people who at least have a modicum of loyalty and sort of have his best interests and the best interests of the American people at heart.”
Kennedy concluded by suggesting a punishment for the leakers.
“They need to prosecute whoever did it, they need to dig a big ole hole underneath the jail and put the person there,” he said.
Watch the video below from CBS.
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Also on the list are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Trump will also sit down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for talks that are especially timely given the soaring tensions between the United States and Iran.
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Is Donald Trump the modern day Earl Long?
A three-time Louisiana governor, Long mastered the art of political ridicule seven decades ago by weaponizing nicknames. The hilarious names Long pinned on his rivals, and the rollicking stories he told about them, riveted audiences bored by puffed-up rhetoric.
While Long’s stunts may be remembered as silly hijinks, there was a sly, often deadly serious, purpose to his technique. He used it to get voters to laugh at his foes and to put them on the defensive––a place politicians never want to be. Tucked within Long’s jests were razor-sharp attacks aimed at exploiting opposition weaknesses––hidden swords inside a pea-patch cloak.