Former President Donald Trump has been accused of disclosing highly classified information about US nuclear submarines to an Australian businessman shortly after leaving office. The incident allegedly took place during a meeting at Trump’s private members club, Mar-a-Lago, in Florida, and has raised serious concerns about national security.
Unnamed sources cited by The New York Times have identified the Australian businessman as billionaire Anthony Pratt, who leads one of the world’s largest packaging companies. ABC News first broke the story, claiming that Pratt subsequently shared sensitive details about US submarines with a wide range of individuals, including foreign officials, his own employees, and a select group of journalists.
According to sources, Trump’s disclosures during this meeting may have posed a significant risk to the security of the US nuclear fleet. Federal prosecutors, who were already investigating Trump for holding classified material at Mar-a-Lago after leaving office, have reportedly interviewed Pratt twice regarding the incident.
In a surprising turn of events, it is now possible that Pratt will be summoned to testify against Trump in his forthcoming trial related to classified documents, scheduled to commence in May in Florida. The alleged encounter between Pratt and Trump took place in April 2021 at Trump’s Palm Beach club, where Pratt suggested that Australia should consider purchasing submarines from the United States.
In response, Trump purportedly divulged precise details, including the number of nuclear warheads carried by US submarines and their capabilities in evading detection near Russian submarines, according to ABC News.
This latest revelation adds to the legal challenges facing the former president. Trump is currently embroiled in multiple legal battles, including one at the federal level and another in Georgia, both stemming from his efforts to overturn the election results in 2020. Additionally, he faces legal scrutiny in New York related to hush money payments made to a porn star in 2016.
In a separate trial taking place in New York, Trump faces charges of inflating the value of his assets to secure more favorable terms from banks and insurance companies. The former president’s legal troubles continue to garner significant attention and raise questions about the potential implications for his political future.