Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Vacationing Trump tweets leaky Fox report on North Korea

Vacationing Trump tweets leaky Fox report on North Korea

Haley refused to comment on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday when asked about a Fox News story reporting USA spy satellites had spotted North Korean anti-ship cruise missiles being loaded onto a patrol boat. It didn't help Trump that US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley refused to comment on the story when on Fox News this morning, citing classified information.

Pushed on whether the information was leaked, Haley said "it's one of those things I don't know what's going on".

Hours earlier, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade tweeted a poll asking if members of the media should be prosecuted for publishing classified information. But I will tell you it's incredibly unsafe when things get out into the press like that.

CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday blasted the "hypocrisy that is eroding trust in" Donald Trump, arguing "the president doesn't have a credibility gap, he has a credibility chasm". The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

On Tuesday, questions swirled about why US President Donald Trump, a vociferous opponent of leaks, might have taken to his preferred medium, Twitter, to share a report from the allied Fox News network that relied on high-level anonymous sources.

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Last month, when North Korea claimed another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile to show its ability to strike the United States, America also flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula and called on China, Japan and South Korea to do more about Pyongyang's missile tests.

The tweet comes as North Korea has vowed to retaliate against the US for new United Nations sanctions that could cripple its economy. Even reliable Trump critics like former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and Fletcher School professor Daniel Drezner have praised the resolution, calling it a major diplomatic achievement.

Trump and his White House have increased attacks on leakers, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions even issuing an ominous warning to reporters that freedom of the press "is not unlimited".

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.

"They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name", the president said during a speech in February to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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