Trump Retweets News Report Based on Leaked Information, Anonymous Sources

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

"It is alarming the casualness with which President Trump shares classifieds information", Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California told CNN's Poppy Harlow Tuesday.

"I can't talk about anything that's classified and if that's in the newspaper that's a shame", Haley said Tuesday on "Fox and Friends" when asked about the story that cites two anonymous sources.

That became apparent when the president retweeted a "Fox & Friends" story on US spy satellites detecting cruise missiles in North Korea.

Trump shared the story just days after DOJ grand wizard Jeff Sessions threatened crackdowns on leakers and jail time for journalists who protect their sources.

It's common to cite anonymous officials when reporting on intelligence matters, especially if information is classified.

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Hours later, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley appeared on Kilmeade's show and co-host Steve Doocy asked Haley about the story about North Korean missiles on "the frontpage of". The story was attributed to anonymous USA officials.

Trump spent a good chunk of his Tuesday morning watching Fox & Friends.

HALEY: I have no reason to comment. The U.S. military routinely discloses information about North Korea missile movements and launches.

"It's incredibly unsafe when things get out into the press like that", she continued. "You're not just getting a scoop on something, you're playing with people's lives, and this has got to stop wherever the leaks are coming from", Ms. Haley said on Fox News. "Whatever the leaks are coming from, if somebody thinks they are getting power or fame from it, all you are doing is putting Americans in danger". "We must be tough & decisive!" he tweeted.

The White House did not respond to questions about why Trump retweeted the story or whether he was confirming the information.

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