Trump Retweets News Report Based on Leaked Information, Anonymous Sources

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Hours earlier, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade tweeted a poll asking if members of the media should be prosecuted for publishing classified information.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats announced Friday increased efforts against these kinds of leaks Friday, which Sessions said were undermining "the ability of our government to protect this country".

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., told CNN Tuesday that "It is alarming the casualness with which President Trump shares classifieds information", adding, "just because something is in the press doesn't make that information no longer classified, so the President should not be tweeting classified information just because he as the President".

"I don't know what's going on, but I will tell you it's incredibly risky when things get out to the press like that", Haley said. The story was attributed to anonymous US officials.

The information in the story is so sensitive that United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley couldn't comment on it. If he told Donald Trump to retweet this, there's a real problem.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday promoted a news article that cited information from anonymous officials, a practice he regularly decries - except when it benefits him.

Sixteen hours after President Trump stunned the world by threatening North Korea with "fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before", he was watching Fox News and retweeting their stories about his volatile and disturbing remarks.

"After many years of LEAKS going on in Washington, it is great to see the A.G. taking action!"

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.

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