In the wake of President Trump鈥檚 announcement that he would not be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner, the White House鈥檚 relationship with the media seems more strained than ever: a feat we didn鈥檛 think was possible, following reports of a new hashtag making the rounds of #NottheEnemy. Now, things have just taken another turn for the worse, as reports have come through that 鈥減hone checks鈥 are being performed to prevent 鈥渓eaks鈥 to media outlets.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer Holds Daily Press Briefing At The White House

Apparently, there are a lot of unhappy staffers in the West Wing, and more and more, they are sharing information that President Trump and his advisers don鈥檛 want getting out. Press Secretary Sean Spicer (AKA Melissa McCarthy鈥榮 RL muse) has been tasked with shutting down these leaks, and it鈥檚 getting pretty intense over at 1600, considering that even with the security he鈥檚 been trying to put in place, we鈥檙e still getting inside info from someone (or multiple people) working within the White House.

The New York Times reported that Spicer has been working to quell leaks regarding Russian entanglements from all angles, and it appears that he鈥檚 also now targeting internal White House communications staff, with the leaks coming out of high-level offices.

President Trump Signs Executive Order In Oval Office

Reports have begun to emerge that he鈥檚 specifically been going through both personal and official cell phones of staffers and cracking down on who they are allowed to communicate with/what avenues they use. Further, Teen Vogue is reporting that lawyers were tasked with checking all staff devices to see if anyone was using personal messaging apps of any kind.

This is not okay.

While it may not seem like such a big deal to some 鈥 if staffers really have nothing to hide 鈥 monitoring employees like this is a slippery slope that toes the lines of privacy invasion. It would also appear to be another troubling step toward disavowing journalists鈥 constitutional First Amendment rights, in an attempt to the keep the media from ferreting out potential pertinent information of interest to the American people.

Fingers crossed the White House gets this all sorted out, and soon.

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(h/t Teen Vogue, photos via Kevin Wong, Pool + Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty)