U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley refused Tuesday to confirm the details of a story, citing intelligence sources, that was re-tweeted by her boss, President Donald Trump.
Haley refused to comment on “Fox and Friends” when asked about a Fox News story reporting U.S. spy satellites had spotted North Korean anti-ship cruise missiles being loaded onto a patrol boat.
“I can’t talk about anything that’s classified, and if that’s in the newspaper, that’s a shame,” Haley said.
Tuesday morning, Trump re-tweeted a link to the story from Fox’s Pentagon producer Lucas Tomlinson.
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Haley did not appear to be aware of the tweet during her interview.
Haley told the TV hosts it potentially was dangerous for government officials to be sharing the details of covert activities.
Trump frequently has criticized leakers who have released information seen as detrimental to his administration and criticized news stories that use anonymous sources.
Tomlinson’s story credits the information about North Korean missiles to “U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region.”
“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,” Haley said. “You’re not only getting a scoop on something, you’re playing with people’s lives and it’s got to stop.
“Wherever the leaks are coming from,” Haley said, “all you’re doing is putting Americans in danger.”