We all know that disgraced twice impeached former White House occupant Donald Trump cannot be trusted with intelligence briefings, and President Joe Biden absolutely agrees.
Trump was reckless with intelligence during his presidency, making him a liability to our national security. He freely blabbed to the Russians during an Oval Office meeting in 2017 about classified information that exposed a source.
Also in 2017, Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, not exactly a friend of our nation, about the location of two United States nuclear submarines, something that is an extremely well-guarded secret for obvious reasons.
Again in 2017, Trump went to great lengths to hide what was discussed during a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, fueling speculation among intelligence officials and experts that Trump may have passed along classified intelligence.
In 2018, Trump exposed members of SEAL Team Five by posting video of them in their gear during his visit Al Asad Airbase, revealing their location and their faces in the process.
That’s not all. Trump also exposed highly classified U.S. surveillance capabilities in 2019 when he tweeted a high resolution photo of explosion damage suffered by Iran’s Imam Khomeini Spaceport. The information resulted in amateur satellite trackers determining exactly which spy satellite took the photograph. The leaking of this kind of information should land Trump in prison like it did a former Navy analyst in 1984.
And these incidents are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s no telling how much classified intelligence Trump has leaked to our enemies as part of his desperation to be liked by dictators such as Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Trump’s loose lips are so bad that our allies seriously considered not sharing as much intelligence with us.
If that’s not enough to justify stripping Trump of intelligence briefings, he also has been allegedly cultivated by the KGB since the 1980s and may have allowed Russia to hack our government.
Trump’s greed could also drive him to sell intelligence to the highest bidder for profit or to settle debts.
In short, there is no question that he should no longer have access to intelligence briefings like other former presidents do. And Biden made that clear during an interview that will air prior to the Super Bowl this Sunday just days after the administration announced it would look into the issue.
“Well, let me ask you then something that you do have oversight of as president,” Nora O’Donnell said. “Should former President Trump still receive intelligence briefings?”
“I think not,” Biden replied. “Because of his erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection. I just think that there is no need for him to have the intelligence briefings. What value is giving him an intelligence briefing? What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?”
Trump is a national security threat and does not deserve access to intelligence briefings. Biden is doing the right thing by denying Trump that access.
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