Politico reported in December 2016, that Trump transition team members "had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to make certain they keep all of their work confidential".
As per the agreement, in case of failure to abide by the requirement and for each unauthorized release of information, violators could face $10 million penalties.
It's well-known that almost everyone in Donald Trump's orbit has to sign a nondisclosure agreement, from business associates, to campaign employees, to women he may or may not have had an affair with. "The president's point was that they [staff] would think twice about that if they were on the hook for some serious damages".
"One thing I always wondered, are you going to make employees of the federal government sign nondisclosure agreements?" asked Costa.
Senior White House staffers were pressured to sign nondisclosure agreements, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
"I suspect we will probably be meeting in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race which is getting out of control", said President Trump.
"When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don't like that", Trump said.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that Liddell will serve under Chief of Staff John Kelly and will work with Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joe Hagin. And people would say, oh, that's bad, you're taking away his right to free speech.
A draft of the agreement says those who violate the agreement would have to pay the federal government a $10 million penalty every time they reveal confidential information, according to the newspaper. "It is meant to survive that".
The draft agreement defines "confidential" information as "all nonpublic information I learn of or gain access to in the course of my official duties", including "communications [with] the press" and with "employees of federal, state, and local governments".
"My legislation would clarify that any non-disclosure agreements signed by White House employees do not cover actions protected by federal whistleblower law".
Trump Derangement Syndrome runs so strong in the national media that rehashing old news is fair game to disparage President Donald Trump.