Donald Trump Raises More Secrecy Concerns By Revealing Location Of Nuclear Subs

President Trump’s meeting with Russian officials on May 10 may not have been the first time he disclosed secret intelligence information to a foreign government. The New York Times reported that during an April 29 phone conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Trump revealed that the U.S. military had deployed nuclear submarines near the Korean coast.

According to a transcript of the phone call, Trump bragged that the United States had “a lot of firepower over there.” He added: “We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all.” The Times obtained the transcript from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and confirmed its accuracy with an anonymous Trump administration official.

Thomson/Reuters noted that Trump has warned there could be “a major, major conflict” with North Korea due to the country’s missile-testing program. North Korea’s leader is threatening to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. In an effort to pressure North Korea to stop the missile tests, the Pentagon sent the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and the USS Michigan nuclear submarine to an area of the Pacific Ocean just off the Korean Peninsula earlier this year.

The phone call with Duterte has not received nearly as much news coverage as Trump’s May 10 meeting in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. The president admitted he gave the officials intelligence information about ISIS, which Israeli spies had compiled. He urged Russia to be more active in the fight against the terrorist group.

Trump suggested to his visitors that he fired FBI Director James Comey to thwart the bureau’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. That contradicted the administration’s previous claim that Comey lost his job due to the FBI probe of the private email server Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state. Trump also acknowledged in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt that he sacked Comey because of the Russian investigation.

While Trump had Duterte on the phone, he also complimented the Philippine leader for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.” Thomson/Reuters pointed out that the island nation’s law-enforcement officers have murdered 9,000 people accused of using and selling illegal drugs since Duterte came into power June 30, 2016.

Source: Newsmax
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