Ex-presidents normally keep security clearances. Trump shouldn’t be trusted!

Brendan Smialowski/AFP

When David Priess was a CIA officer, he traveled to Houston, he recalls, to brief former President George H.W. Bush on classified developments in the Middle East.

It was part of a long tradition of former presidents being consulted about, and granted access to, some of the nation’s secrets.

Priess and other former intelligence officials say Joe Biden would be wise not to let that tradition continue in the case of Donald Trump…

They argue soon-to-be-former President Trump already poses a danger because of the secrets he currently possesses, and they say it would be foolish to trust him with more sensitive information. With Trump’s real estate empire under financial pressure and his brand suffering, they worry he will see American secrets as a profit center.

Not that I have beaucoup confidence in any of the standards guiding our “national security” boffins. But, I wouldn’t trust Trump any farther than I could throw him uphill into a heavy wind.

3 thoughts on “Ex-presidents normally keep security clearances. Trump shouldn’t be trusted!

  1. Memory hole says:

    “A coalition of historical and government watchdog groups are suing the White House and President Trump over concerns that records from his presidency will be lost or destroyed in violation of federal law.
    The lawsuit from the National Security Archive, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, American Historical Association and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington seeks to prevent Mr. Trump from destroying any records during his final weeks in office.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-record-archive-preservation-lawsuit/
    Lawsuit: https://www.citizensforethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Natl-Sec-Archive-v.-Trump-Complaint.pdf

    “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”
    George Orwell, “1984”

    • Update says:

      President Joe Biden doesn’t believe former President Donald Trump should receive classified intelligence briefings, as is tradition for past presidents, citing Trump’s “erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/politics/biden-trump-intelligence-briefing/index.html
      A senior administration official previously told CNN that Trump has not submitted any requests at this point. There are many ways intelligence can be presented, the official said, something the intelligence community would formulate should any request come in.

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