Biden Will Block Trump From Getting Intelligence Direction
President Joe Biden said his predecessor, Donald Trump, did not need the intelligence briefings that are usually given to presidents who leave the White House because of their erratic behavior.
Reporting from Bloomberg, Biden believes that Trump, whose second impeachment trial will be held next week, does not need to know the secret of sensitive material or be given regular briefings.
"I do not think so. Because his erratic behavior is not related to rebellion, ”said Biden during an interview with Norah O'Donnell of CBS News, Saturday (6/2/2021).
It should be noted that every former president will be given regular intelligence briefings and access to classified material.
However, Biden was pressured by Democrats and and former national security officials to bar Trump from receiving the briefing because it could increase security risks. White House Secretary Jen Psaki said the plan was still being studied.
"What's the use of giving him an intelligence direction? What is the impact other than the fact that he could accidentally say something ?, ”said Biden.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff last month said Trump's access to classified material should be denied.
"There are no circumstances in which this president needs to have another intelligence briefing," Schiff said Jan. 17 during an interview with CBS Face the Nation. "I don't think he can be trusted now and in the future."
In an editorial opinion in the Washington Post, Sue Gordon, deputy chief director of national intelligence under Trump, wrote that Trump's desire to remain in the political arena coupled with his foreign business activities made his security profile as a citizen frightening.
"My recommendation, as a 30-year veteran of the intelligence community, is not to give him any briefings after January 20," he wrote.
"With this simple act - which is only the prerogative of the new president - Joe Biden can mitigate one aspect of the potential national security risk posed by Donald Trump, as a citizen."