President Trump retweets Fox News story containing classified info

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

On Fox & Friends, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley refused to comment on a story on Fox News' home page about anti-ship cruise missiles in North Korea, saying the information reported was "classified" and it was a "shame" that it had appeared in the news. "I have no reason to comment on it".

As terrifying as it sounds, we might as well count the hosts of "Fox & Friends" as senior White House advisers given how President Trump would rather get his information from Steve Doocy than take his own intelligence briefings.

As president, Trump can declassify information as he sees fit, and he tweeted on Monday his dissatisfaction with much of the press' coverage of the sanctions on North Korea.

However, when Haley was asked about the story, she slammed it as "incredibly risky".

The latest moves by Pyongyang point to a likely missile test in the days ahead or it could be a defense measure should the U.S. Navy dispatch more warships to the Korean peninsula, officials said. If he told Donald Trump to retweet this, there's a real problem.

The story, a scoop from Fox's Pentagon reporter Lucas Tomlinson, cited anonymous U.S. defense officials as saying "North Korea is not showing any evidence it plans to halt its missile tests", and describing "a trend that does not bode well for hopes of de-escalating tensions on the [Korean] peninsula".

HALEY: I can't. I can't talk about anything that's classified. "I will tell you it's incredibly unsafe when things get out into the press like that". Trump tweeted over the weekend.

Further, 62% overall say that Trump's statements and actions since taking office have made them less confident in his ability to be president. United States "military buildup in the area of the Korean Peninsula" is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following a bilateral meeting with his USA counterpart in Manila over the weekend.

Despite statements from top administration officials that called the report "false", two former officials knowledgeable of the situation confirmed to CNN at the time that the main points of the Post story were accurate.

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