President Biden Says Trump “Too Erratic” to Get Intel Briefs

Former presidents are typically granted access to the country’s secrets even after they leave the office whenever they request it. But Donald Trump’s many fallibilities made him a national security risk while he was still in office, and as a private citizen, he could never qualify for the security clearance that was bestowed upon him as president. Trump’s massive personal debt, said to be around $400 million, along with his tendency to share secrets with foreign adversaries while still conspiring with Republicans, makes him an even bigger risk to the country now that he feels emboldened by his new personal freedom.

House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff had called for Trump to be barred from daily intelligence briefings in December and remain cut off from briefings once Joe Biden was sworn in. And now President Biden is agreeing with Schiff’s assessment.

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“There’s no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future,” said Schiff on the CBS News program “Face the Nation” in December. “I don’t think he can be trusted with it now and in the future, he certainly can’t be trusted.”

In a new interview with CBS correspondent Norah O’Donnell–his first sit-down with a major news network since his inauguration–Biden echoed Schiff in speaking to Trump’s behavior directly impacting the country.

“You’ve called him an existential threat. You’ve called him dangerous. You’ve called him reckless,” O’Donnell says at one point in the interview.

“Yeah, I have. And I believe it,” President Biden says.

O’Donnell then asks him what was his “worst fear if Trump continues to get these intelligence briefings.”

“I’d rather not speculate out loud,” President Biden responds. “I just think that there is no need for him to have the– 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?”

The full interview with President Biden can be seen on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” ahead of the Super Bowl.

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