Headline RoundupOctober 6th, 2023

Trump Allegedly Told Australian Businessman About US Nuclear Sub Capabilities

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump reportedly disclosed information regarding the United States’ nuclear submarines to an Australian businessman shortly after leaving office.

Details: First reported by ABC News (Lean Left bias) citing “sources familiar with the matter,” Trump reportedly told Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Pratt Industries, a paper and packaging company, about information on the submarines, specifically, “the supposed exact number of nuclear warheads they routinely carry, and exactly how close they supposedly can get to a Russian submarine without being detected.” Pratt was reportedly interviewed by Special Counsel Jack Smith, but Pratt’s testimony was not included in the eventual indictment against Trump for allegedly mishandling classified materials.

Key Quotes: The Washington Times (Lean Right bias) quoted Trump spokesman Steven Cheung stating, “These illegal leaks are coming from sources which totally lack proper context and relevant information… President Trump did nothing wrong, has always insisted on truth and transparency, and acted in a proper manner, according to the law.” James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence under former President Barack Obama, told CNN (Lean Left bias), “It's hard to overstate—if this is true—how serious this is by affirming knowledge of these submarines with foreigners.”

How the Media Covered It: The New York Times (Lean Left bias) included a quote from a former Australian ambassador to the United States stating, “If that’s all that was discussed, we already know all that.” The article stated the ambassador “sought to play down Mr. Trump’s disclosures.”

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