Leaked stories about what goes on behind-the-scenes at the White House bear "almost no resemblance to reality," Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, tells The Hill.
"I come in early in the morning at 7 o'clock, open the newspaper, and often I read stories that talk about events where I was in the room the day before — decisions being made, policy questions — and the story bears almost no resemblance to reality," Gorka says.
"Sometimes it's 180 degrees out of whack. I have to say, maybe 80 percent of reportage of the White House is just fallacious."
He says the stories were creations of journalists looking to write negative narratives, according to The Hill.
Before joining the White House team, Gorka had worked as a Fox News contributor and national security editor for Breitbart.
The website notes Trump's first weeks in office have seen a number of stories in the media based on leaks, and some people have speculated rival factions in the White House were behind the stories.
But Gorka believes there are other motives for the leaks.
"We have to understand that this is a giant organization," he says. "Under the Obama White House, the National Security Council bloomed to 420 people. Eisenhower had 25, think about that — Reagan had 75. Obama had 420, and lot of those people are still here.
"We have legacy individuals who are helping in the handover. Unfortunately, it seems that some of them are politically inclined and don't really accept a new commander in chief."
And he adds many in the media "haven't learned the lessons" from Trump's victory in November.
"I think that the bulk of media didn't really understand what happened on Nov. 8 when Trump was elected to be president, and they haven't learned the lessons if you look at approval (polls) of the media," he tells The Hill.
"They're appalling in general," he added.
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