According to multiple media reports, former US President Donald Trump revealed classified information about US nuclear submarines to an Australian businessman shortly after leaving office. The businessman, Anthony Pratt, has not commented on the allegations.
The reports say that Trump revealed the information to Pratt during a meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in April 2021. Pratt allegedly told investigators that he was not shown any government documents, but that Trump did tell him the exact number of nuclear warheads US submarines routinely carry, and precisely how close they can get to a Russian submarine without being detected.
The reports say that Pratt then went on to share this information with several other people, including foreign officials. This has raised concerns among US officials that the information could be used by Russia or other countries to track or target US nuclear submarines.
The US Department of Justice is currently investigating Trump’s handling of classified information, and the revelations about his meeting with Pratt are likely to be a part of that investigation.
If the allegations against Trump are true, they would be a serious breach of national security. The disclosure of classified information about US nuclear submarines could give adversaries a significant advantage, and could put US sailors and submarines at risk.