Here's Trump calling for an end to unnamed sources: pic.twitter.com/UFryEh0GZr— VICE News (@vicenews) February 24, 2017
The comments were made just hours after White House aides attempted to counter a CNN report claiming that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had discussed a New York Times story on Russian ties with the FBI.
Appearing to continue with his now well-known complaints regarding the "dishonest media," Trump said he was against "people that make up stories and make up sources," a comment that was cheered by the audience.
"They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name," Trump said. "Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out. A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being. Let them say it to my face. Let there be no more sources."
While his claims may have resounded with the public, Trump is no stranger to unnamed sources. In the past, the president used his Twitter account and speech opportunities to disseminate information attributed to unnamed people, Bloomberg reports.
In August 2012, he tweeted that an "extremely credible source" told him that President Barack Obama's birth certificate was a "fraud." As it turned out, his claim was entirely false.
As the White House reportedly bans CNN and other outlets from attending an off-camera press briefing that other journalists were hand-picked to attend, we can expect to see more comments — and actions — against the establishment media coming from the president.
And as far as unnamed sources are concerned, Trump might never see his wishes come true, but he might as well see the press coming down harder against him. After all, the more he bashes publications, using the term “fake news” to attack their integrity, the easier news organizations will make for whistleblowers — and yes, even leakers — to come to them.