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Donald Trump Revealed Location Of Nuclear Subs To President Duterte Of Philippines

A transcript of an intercepted phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte leads to concerns that the president might have a loose lip. Mr. Trump inadvertently revealed to Duterte some military secrets, and many are calling for scrutiny on whether the president is able to keep classified information to himself.

The presidents were discussing the conflict between the U.S. and North Korea that might erupt over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. During the phone call, Trump told Duterte that the U.S. has 'a lot of firepower over there.'

Trump revealed in the April 29 phone call, "We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all."

The POTUS did note that he's looking for a diplomatic resolution to the issues. But apparently, the U.S. was willing to make a show of force by sending the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, a nuclear-powered vessel, to waters off the Korean peninsula. Already stationed there is the USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine.

A transcript of the phone call was released on Tuesday by the Americas division of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The cover sheet read 'confidential'. The Washington Times reports that a senior member of the Trump administration confirmed the transcript was accurate; however, he could not discuss the content. The source wished to remain anonymous.

Trump has raised similar concerns in discussing sensitive intelligence information with Russia. The president is accused of going ‘off script’ about ISIS when meeting at the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak this month. Reports say Trump revealed an ISIS threat related to laptop computers being used on aircraft, and he allegedly went into detail about classified intelligence information given to the U.S. by Israeli intelligence.

"The officials are also quoted as saying that Trump indicated the town under ISIL control where this information was obtained, giving rise to the possibility that ISIL could learn more about collection methods of the information or even who got the information in the first place,” said Mike Hanna of Al Jazeera.

When the White House was questioned about the accusation, a spokesperson denied it. "This story is false. The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced," said Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy.

Source: HuffPost
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