Biden says Trump should NOT get intel briefings because of his 'erratic behavior' and thinks he 'might SLIP' top secrets
PRESIDENT Joe Biden says his predecessor Donald Trump should not receive intelligence briefings because his "erratic behaviour" might lead him to let secrets "slip".
In an interview on “CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell,” Biden said there was "no need" for Trump to be privy to the classified information, as is typical after a president leaves office.
“I just think that there is no need for him to have the intelligence briefings," Biden said.
"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?”
Biden cited Trump's "erratic behaviour unrelated to the insurrection" as a cause for concern.
The White House has been reviewing whether the former president, now out of office, should get the briefings.
O’Donnell pressed Biden on his past remarks when he called Trump an existential threat, dangerous and reckless, to which he replied: "I believe it"
But Biden wouldn't be drawn on "his worst fear" if Trump were to continue receiving the briefings.
“I’d rather not speculate out loud. I just think that there is no need for him to have the intelligence briefings,” Biden told O’Donnell. “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?”
Former White House officials and political analysts have expressed fear that Trump could divulge classified information, either unintentionally or for personal gain, The Washington Post reports.
Prior to the inauguration, now-White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain did not rule out withholding intelligence briefings from Trump, saying then that the administration would “look for a recommendation from the intelligence professionals in the Biden-Harris administration”.
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