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Trump allies urge President to PURGE Obama's White House appointees to stop leaks

 
 
 
 
 
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SENIOR Trump advisers have called on the President to purge the White House of staff appointed by Obama in a bid to stop disloyal government figures leaking damaging stories to the media.

Trump has been dealt several blows to his authority in his first month in office after anonymous leaks claimed the former property mogul’s campaign was in contact with Russia during his bid for the presidency.

The Republican firebrand also faced criticism after a blow-by-blow account of a tense phone call with Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was leaked to the press.

Now senior aides are blaming the leaks on Obama supporters still embedded in the White House, and have called on the President to replace them with loyal staff.

High-profile Republican Newt Gingrich said: “His playbook should be to get rid of the Obama appointees immediately.

“There are an amazing number of decisions that are being made by appointees that are totally opposed to Trump and everything he stands for.

“Who do you think those people are responding to?”

Another longtime adviser Roger Stone added: “If you employ people who aren’t loyal to you, you can’t be surprised when they leak.

While only a few dozen Obama picks are still working in the White House some hold senior positions in vital areas of the government – including the Department of Defence and the State Department.

It comes as Obama’s former attorney general claimed the 44th US President was ready to return to frontline politics to help the Democrats rise from their state of disarray following Trump’s shock victory.

Eric Holder, who became the first African American to hold the position, told reporters: “It’s coming. He’s coming,” before adding: “And he’s ready to roll.”

He added that Obama “will be part of a more visible effort” as the Democrats try to regain some of the support after losing out to the Republicans in last year’s presidential election.

Holder has been speaking to the former President about ways to help the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair last year.

The former attorney general added that he expected the Republicans to lose state legislative seats in the midterm elections next year, in-keeping with the usual pattern that the party in the White House loses seats.

He said: “I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump.”

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