President Trump has justified his obsession with Twitter by arguing that social media platforms are a great way to bypass the “fake news” media complex and speak directly to the people. But has he gone too far? Is Trump’s tweeting a national security concern?
Case in point: Early Tuesday Trump retweeted a Fox News report about North Korea that purportedly contained classified information.
So POTUS just retweeted this story from Fox News this morning that's based on anonymous "officials" leaking actual national security intel. https://t.co/tmTKCr96iV— John Kelly (@jkelly3rd) August 8, 2017
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
So what, you may be asking yourself? The information is already out there, right? Wrong.
By retweeting the post, the Commander-in-Chief is confirming the validity of the information contained in the report. More importantly, the classified information in question was allegedly leaked by Trump’s own national security team, raising questions about the president shutting down leakers.
There are some things the general public shouldn’t know. The president should understand that better than anybody.