Biden says Trump should not have access to intelligence reports

As president, Trump rivaled intelligence services and was accused of leaking confidential information

President mentions the Republican’s “erratic behavior” to justify why he should not continue to be informed about confidential national security issues, as is a tradition for ex-presidents.

United States President Joe Biden said his predecessor, Donald Trump, should not have access to classified intelligence reports due to his “erratic behavior”.

The US has a tradition of allowing former presidents to continue to be informed of national security issues, as a courtesy given by the current incumbent. But asked by CBS broadcaster whether Trump would also have this perk, Biden replied, “I don’t think so.”

The president did not detail what his biggest fears would be if the Republican had access to classified reports but suggested that Trump cannot be trusted to keep confidential information secret.

“I just think there is no need for him to have the intelligence briefings. What is the point of giving him an intelligence briefing? What impact would he have, other than the fact that he can slip up and say something?” the president on Friday (02/05), in his first interview since taking over the White House on January 20.

According to the New York Times, refusing courtesy to Trump would be the first time that a former American president has been excluded from the tradition of having continuous access to reports.

In the interview, Biden cited “Trump’s erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection” as a justification, referring to the January 6 invasion of the Capitol in Washington. At the time, the then-president urged his supporters to march to Congress to prevent parliamentarians from confirming Biden’s victory in the November presidential election.

Trump insisted that there were electoral frauds and that he won the election, despite never presenting evidence of it and losing dozens of disputes in court.

The violent attack on the Capitol, which left five dead, led to the opening of a second impeachment case against Trump by the House of Representatives. The lawsuit is now pending in the Senate.

Asked by CBS about accusations that the former president played a role in the riot, Biden said he “ran like crazy to defeat” Trump in the election “because he thought he was unfit to be president”, but said he would leave it to the Senate to decide Republican should or should not be prevented from holding public office again.

Trump and the intelligence services

During his four years at the White House, Trump has repeatedly raised concerns about his use of intelligence services or even rivaling the national intelligence community, which in all counted six directors over his tenure.

He questioned, for example, reports by American agencies that pointed out that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in the United States, and also attacked intelligence chiefs for being “extremely passive and naive” towards Iran.

In May 2017, Trump reportedly shared highly confidential information at a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian ambassador about an operation linked to the extremist group “Islamic State” (IS), something that was seen as a breach of trust by many from the American intelligence community.

Source: with Agencies

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