US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has been exceeding expectations in her conduct at the UN National Security Council, garnering bipartisan praise for her efforts in getting Russia and China to vote yes on strengthening sanctions against North Korea. But, as is the case with many of his subordinates, she may not be quite on the same page with President Trump.
On Tuesday, Trump retweeted an article from the “Fox & Friends” Twitter feed that Haley later told reporters contained classified information while appearing caught off guard the intelligence was out there. The report cited US intelligence officials with knowledge of the situation in saying that despite the recently passed sanctions, US spy satellites have detected North Korea moving anti-ship missiles onto a patrol boat.
When asked about the development, Haley condemned the fact it got out, and made a point of being ignorant of the source, referring to it as a “newspaper” when it was a report by the very network on which she was being interviewed.
“I can’t talk about anything that’s classified. And if that’s in the newspaper, that’s a shame. I have no reason to comment on it,” she said on Fox News.
Her comments come amidst what appears to be the open rebellion by North Korea against the sanctions, which this week declared revenge against the US for the economic restrictions. The dictatorship’s official KCNA news agency called the new sanctions “crimes” that were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the communist country.
The retweeted article can be viewed below:
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
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