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Trump talks “constantly” behind the scenes about administering polygraph lie detector tests to his staff in the wake of major news events in a bid to flush out leakers, Politico reports.

 

“He’d be angry and ask, ‘Why can’t we stop these things?’” an ex-White House official told the publication.

 

“He wanted to polygraph every employee in the building to unearth who it was who spoke to the press,” said another.

 

So far, aides have managed to talk him out of such a paranoid step but Trump has apparently been obsessed with the idea since the earliest days of his presidency.

 

“It was something that was discussed and people were trying to placate the president, and trying to show that they were taking it as personally and just as seriously as he was,” another insider told Politico.

“Taking that line of, ‘Oh yeah, we have to polygraph people’ was a way to ingratiate themselves with him, but it wasn’t an idea that ever went anywhere because it was absurd,” they added.

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