President Donald Trump's retweet of a Fox News story claiming US satellites detected North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to a patrol boat is raising eyebrows on Tuesday after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated that the information in the report is classified and was leaked.
President Donald Trump retweeted a Fox News article Tuesday that cited anonymous sources discussing leaked classified information, a reporting practice that he's decried repeatedly, NBC News reported.
Trump shared the story just days after DOJ grand wizard Jeff Sessions threatened crackdowns on leakers and jail time for journalists who protect their sources.
Haley said she couldn't respond because she "can't talk about anything that's classified".style="text-align: center;"
Houses on the outskirts of Kaesong North Korea
HALEY: I have no reason to comment. But I will tell you it's incredibly unsafe when things get out into the press like that. "You are not only just getting a scoop on something, you are playing with people's lives, and this has got to stop". Whatever the leaks are coming from, if somebody thinks they're getting power or fame from it, all you're doing is putting Americans in danger. Word of Trump's carelessness was leaked to the Washington Post by "current and former US officials", and the White House didn't deny that the leak was accurate.
In his very next tweet, Trump was back to blasting Comey - who he had fired one week earlier - for not being tough enough on leakers.
Haley is right that the US needs to be more guarded about sensitive military information.
In one fell swoop, Trump confirmed the story's authenticity, undermined Haley's cautious position, and essentially "put Americans in danger", exactly as she warns.style="text-align: center;"