President Trump tweeted out a link to a Fox News report about North Korea that contained what U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said was “classified” information. Haley said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that she could not discuss the story.
The president, who tweeted the Fox News report about an hour before Haley’s interview aired, did not add any comment to the link.
U.S. spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat https://t.co/BPFXsLffgy
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 8, 2017
According to the report, North Korea had loaded two antiship cruise missiles onto a patrol boat.
“What can you tell us about that [story]?” “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy asked Haley.
“I can’t,” Haley said. “I can’t talk about anything that’s classified, and if that’s in the newspaper, that’s a shame, but…”
Doocy interjected, asking, “You have no reason to believe that’s not accurate, though?”
Haley responded: “I have no reason to comment on it.”
The Fox News report was based on two anonymous U.S. officials. Trump has repeatedly called out media outlets for using anonymous sources, his most recent criticism coming Monday about the “failing nytimes” and their “non-existent sources.”
“Remember, don’t believe ‘sources said’ by the VERY dishonest media,” Trump wrote Sept. 30, 2016. “If they don’t name the sources, the sources don’t exist.”
Remember, don't believe "sources said" by the VERY dishonest media. If they don't name the sources, the sources don't exist.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
On “Fox & Friends,” Haley also railed against leaks of classified information, calling them “incredibly dangerous.”
“You’re not only just getting a scoop on something — you’re playing with people’s lives,” Haley said. “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.”
The White House has pledged to curb leaks of classified information. Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised Friday to take a more aggressive stance on the issue.
“If you improperly disclose classified information, we will find you, we will investigate you and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and you will not be happy with the result,” Sessions vowed.
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