Trump retweets anonymous sources on N. Korea

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was asked about the story during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, but said she could not comment on classified information and that it was "a shame" the story had been published.

Fox News reported Monday that American spy satellites detected North Korea loading anti-ship cruise missiles onto a patrol boat days ago.

Tuesday's retweet also coincided with the release of a series of new polls that not only call Trump's Twitter habits into question but also reveal major concerns around the President's trustworthiness and ability to effectively manage the standoff with North Korea. Word of Trump's carelessness was leaked to the Washington Post by "current and former USA officials", and the White House didn't deny that the leak was accurate.

One intelligence official said that the report itself was insignificant and not a sign that North Korea was preparing to test a missile or any make any other provocation.

"I know the president is prepared to defend the American people", Ms. Haley said on NBC News.

"I don't know what's going on, but I will tell you it's incredibly risky".

The Fox report comes amid escalating tension as North Korea moves toward arming itself with nuclear weapons and has spurned a new set of United Nations sanctions.

President Donald Trump, no fan of leaks himself, retweeted the report written largely from anonymous sources.

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". "For National Security, the tougher the better!"

"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea", Trump said. "We must be tough & decisive!" he tweeted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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