In light of diplomatic tension between the United States and the United Kingdom over leaks involving the investigation of the Manchester terrorist bombing earlier this week, President Trump has promised to find the origin of the leaks and deal with that source.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi unleashed his attack at the Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. The American press first published Abedi’s identity and victims’ identities as well as specific details about the attack, which led British authorities to express their concern over intelligence leaks.
Trump’s vow to ferret out the fissures in the intelligence community came after British Prime Minister Theresa May halted the sharing of intelligence with the US and even suggested that the “special relationship” could be in jeopardy over the leak of classified information. May initially spoke to Trump ahead of a NATO meeting in Brussels, and they talked again at a NATO dinner.
Mrs May said: “On the issue of the intelligence-sharing with the USA, we have a special relationship with the USA, it is our deepest defence and security partnership that we have.
“Of course, that partnership is built on trust. And part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently and I will be making clear to President Trump today that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must be shared securely.”
Trump also mentioned the “special relationship” when he reiterated how seriously he takes both the intelligence leaks and British-American relations.
“There is no relationship we cherish more than the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom”, he said.
The president also restated his assertion that NATO and other American allies must work together to stop terrorism, or else the “horror you saw in Manchester, and so many other places, will continue forever.”
In light of Trump’s assurances, the UK has resumed sharing intelligence with the US again. Here’s hoping the White House can stop these leaks and mend the frustrations with our British friends once and for all.