Trump administration to limit intel it shares with Congress on North Korea

Trump administration to limit intel it shares with Congress on North Korea
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The Trump administration plans to curtail the amount of intelligence it shares with Congress about North Korea’s nuclear program, according to CBS News.

Initially intelligence reports related to North Korea are distributed to House and Senate leadership as well as the members and staffers of the foreign relations and intelligence committees.

But the new plan, which CBS reports was implemented in recent weeks, would still allow for sharing intelligence reports with House and Senate leadership, yet would then only extend to the chairs and ranking members of those committees.

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"It will be problematic because even if you sit on a committee like [Intelligence], only the chair and ranking get that intelligence, not their staff. That is just kind of nuts," a senior Senate staffer told CBS. 

Some on Congress told CBS they worried that the new rule would leave Congress in the dark on North Korea’s nuclear program and that the Trump administration may seek to limit reports that show the program advancing to support its claim that negotiations on North Korea’s eventual denuclearization are going well. 

"It is not a good look. It is very telling that they are doing this. We can't prove it, but it is an indication that there could be a significant problem," said another senior Senate staffer. "The reports could give alarming details that they don't want out there in the public theater."

An administration official told CBS the new plan is part of a crackdown on intelligence leaks.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill.

The administration is in the process of setting up a second summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The two first met in Singapore last June for a summit the president has claimed was a success.

There have been no verifiable moves by North Korea to denuclearize but also no missile tests since the summit and North Korea returned three U.S. hostages and what the White House says are the remains of fallen U.S. servicemembers from the Korean War.

“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!” Trump tweeted upon returning from the summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated earlier this month that Kim intends to get rid of his nuclear stockpile and destroy any nuclear materials and facilities to achieve “complete” denuclearization.

“By complete denuclearization, he meant to start by stopping additional nuclear and missile tests, and then abolish the facilities that produce the nukes and develop the missiles, and all the existing nuclear weapons and materials,” Moon said.