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Trump Says Those Who Gave Info to Whistleblower Are Like Spies, Reports Say

Trump tweeted that "our country is at stake"

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his defenses on Thursday, likening those who provided information to the whistleblower to spies, according to reports, and tweeting that "our country is at stake" on the day the complaint against the president was made public.

Trump, according to multiple media outlets, told a private group at a midtown hotel Thursday morning that the people who gave information to the whistleblower were "close to a spy," and said the U.S. should "handle" them like it did "in the old days" — a veiled reference to execution.

A U.S. official with knowledge of Trump’s remarks at the event told NBC News Trump also ripped the press as "scum."

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