Just hours after her boss retweeted it, U.N. Ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley slammed a Fox News report based on anonymous sources claiming North Korea is moving anti-ship missiles to its coast.
On North Korea's nuclear capability, Ms. Haley said President Trump is ready to do "whatever it takes" to defend the American people and that "all options are on the tale". Word of Trump's carelessness was leaked to the Washington Post by "current and former US officials", and the White House didn't deny that the leak was accurate. The article cites "U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region", including one that "requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information".
The sanctions aim to prevent North Korea from making money on exports like coal and put pressure on their finances.
"I don't know what's going on, but I will tell you it's incredibly unsafe".
Trump's motive for retweeting the Fox News story remains unclear but the decision to promote a report that - according to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations - contains classified information leaked to the press by anonymous sources comes just days after the President praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions' plan to combat that very practice in the name of national security. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed a crackdown, arguing such leaks could harm national security.
"I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don't do it!"
Further, 62% overall say that Trump's statements and actions since taking office have made them less confident in his ability to be president.
"After many years of failure, countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea", Trump said.
In his very next tweet, Trump was back to blasting Comey - who he had fired one week earlier - for not being tough enough on leakers.