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Nikki Haley Calls Out Trump For Tweeting Out Classified Information

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is suggesting that President Trump used Twitter to disclose classified government information, according to ABC News.

The envoy was asked on Fox News about the president having retweeted the television network’s story about U.S. intelligence satellites observing North Korea repositioning cruise missiles that could target ships. Fox News based its report on unidentified “U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region.” Haley said she could “not talk about anything that’s classified, and if that’s in the newspaper, that’s a shame.” She added: “I have no reason to comment on it.”

When pressed by an interviewer to call the North Korea news “another leak,” Haley replied: “It’s one of those things I don’t know what’s going on. But I will tell you it’s incredibly dangerous when things get out into the press like that. You’re not only just getting a scoop on something. You’re playing with people’s lives. And this has got to stop. 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.”

The ambassador was doubling down on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent criticism of government leaks. He threatened to use the Justice Department’s subpoena powers to crack down on whistleblowers, who have released a series of embarrassing and incriminating information concerning the Trump administration. Many of the leaks have substantiated allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The North Korean threat appears to be growing. The nation’s leaders declared Tuesday that they will have a “thousands-fold” response to the United States regarding newly imposed international sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. ABC News reported that the Korean Central News Agency issued the statement following a unanimous vote at the United Nations Security Council to enact the sanctions.

Many countries, particularly the United States and Pacific Rim nations, are concerned about North Korea’s military expansion. The country’s autocratic leader, Kim Jong-Un, has overseen numerous tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles during the past year. He claims his country will eventually be able to launch a warhead capable of reaching the United States.

The sanctions are a “violent infringement on (North Korea’s) sovereignty,” according to the country’s state news agency. Pyongyang officials said the penalties may take away one-third of the $3 billion North Korea makes annually in exports. The news agency blasted what it called a “heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle” the country. Under the sanctions, North Korea may not sell other nations its coal, iron, lead or seafood. However, the officials remain defiant. “It’s a wild idea to think the (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) will be shaken and change its position due to this kind of new sanctions formulated by hostile forces,” they wrote.

The Trump administration has vowed to rein in the volatile Kim Jong-Un, who claims he is upgrading his country’s nuclear arsenal to defend his people from U.S. aggression.

Source: ABC News
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