>> US President Donald Trump on Wednesday arriving for meetings with the NATO Military Alliance as a new report raises questions over how he handles sensitive information regarding national security. According to the New York Times, Trump told Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, the US had sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the North Korean peninsula.
We have two nuclear submarines, not that we'd wanna use them at all, Trump is said to have told Duterte. The comments contained in a transcript of an April 29th telephone conversation between the two leaders that was obtained by The Times and came from the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs.
The conversation was confirmed by a Senior White House official. Earlier in May, Trump reportedly shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials in meeting at the White House in a manner that a former CIA director said, if true, appears to have violated the protocols. Trump also praising Duterte for doing an unbelievable job on the drug problem.
Though many human rights advocates blame Duterte for a bloody crack down. Almost 9.000 people, many of them small time dealers and drug addicts, have been killed in the Philippines since Duterte took office, in what many have called a campaign of extra judicial killings by police officers. All this comes as thousands of Philippine civilians are fleeing fighting on Wednesday after Duterte declared a state of martial law in the island of Mindanao following clashes between government soldiers and Islamic State linked militants.
>> It has to be stopped.>> Duterte said Islamic State could not be allowed to gain a foothold in the Philippines.