President Trump early Tuesday shared a report on North Korean cruise missiles based on information from anonymous sources amid his administration’s crackdown on leaks.
The president in a tweet shared an article from “Fox & Friends” that says U.S. spy agencies “detected the rogue communist regime loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east coast just days ago.”
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
The report cites anonymous sources in the intelligence community, a practice that Trump often criticizes. Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) SessionsHow the Portman-McCaskill proposal on sex trafficking could harm online businesses Rosenstein: Trump did not direct feds to investigate Clinton Democrats introduce another ‘false hope’ act to immigrants MORE also announced last week that the Department of Justice is considering stricter measures to prevent leaks.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that the report contains “classified information.”
“I can’t talk about anything that’s classified,” she said on Fox News. “And if that’s in the newspaper that’s a shame. I have no reason to comment on it.”
Trump on Tuesday also called for decisiveness in dealing with the North Korean threat.
“After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea,” he tweeted.
“We must be tough & decisive!”
After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017
Trump’s tweets come after the United Nations Security Council last weekend voted to impose new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for the regime’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
Following the vote, North Korea vowed to respond, calling the new sanctions a “violent infringement of its sovereignty.”
On Monday, Trump went after the media, claiming reporters weren’t talking about the “importance of the” vote imposing the new sanctions.
This report was updated at 10:32 a.m.