If former President Donald Trump’s claims that documents he took to Mar-a-Lago had been declassified are true, the former President may have declassified another country’s nuclear defense capabilities.
The Washington Post was first to report that the document regarding a foreign government’s defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was among documents retrieved by the FBI during the August 8 Mar-a-Lago Raid.
The Washington Post report published late on Tuesday (September 6) cited anonymous sources as revealing the material stored in Mar-a-Lago discussed the nuclear-defense readiness of a foreign government.
The report alleges some of the documents recovered from Trump’s residence were so sensitive that they would not be able to be accessed by many national security officials unless they had received special clearance from a near-cabinet or cabinet-level official or directly from the President.
But the report didn’t reveal which country’s nuclear information was retrieved. However, besides the U.S., eight other countries are known to have nuclear capabilities; these include France, the U.K., India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Israel, and North Korea.
Trump has rubbished claims he was holding onto classified documents, saying he had a standing order to declassify documents, something Kyle Cheney, senior legal affairs reporter for POLITICO, brought up in a tweet.
Tweeting a link to the article, Cheney tweeted, “Presuming this bears out, it means Trump’s position is that he declassified the ultra-sensitive nuclear secrets of a foreign nation.”