The United States President, Joe Biden, says he does not believe former President Donald Trump should have access to Intelligence briefings as is tradition for past presidents, citing Trump’s “erratic behavior unrelated to the January 6, capitol insurrection.”
When asked in an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell if he thought Trump should receive an intelligence briefing if he requested one, Biden said, “I think not.”
“I’d rather not speculate out loud,” Biden said when asked what he fears could happen if Trump continued to receive the briefings. “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”.
On Saturday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “The President was expressing his concern about former President Trump receiving access to sensitive intelligence, but he also has deep trust in his own intelligence team to make a determination about how to provide intelligence information if at any point the former President Trump requests a briefing.”
Former presidents traditionally have been allowed to request and receive intelligence briefings. Psaki told CNN on Thursday that “the intelligence community supports requests for intelligence briefings by former presidents and will review any incoming requests, as they always have.”