Republican nominee Donald Trump may not receive the classified intelligence briefings that are traditionally given to major-party presidential candidates, in the wake of his comments about Russia and exposing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's emails.
"I have a real problem when Hillary Clinton, who gives open access to a phony server, is allowed to get these briefings," Trump said at a press briefing, according to Real Clear Politics.
"How does Hillary Clinton get a national security briefing, when she's been probably hacked?"
Now Trump may be considered too much of a security risk himself. The billionaire candidate has been criticized among Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who said he hopes Trump gets "fake intelligence briefings . . . Because you can't trust him," according to NBC News
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling Trump "unfit to receive sensitive intelligence" and urging the president to "withhold" a briefing from the Republican.
Intelligence briefings for the Republican and Democratic candidates aren't mandatory, but instead are purely a courtesy.
The tradition started when President Harry S. Truman ordered that the Central Intelligence Agency provide rundowns of classified matters to 1952 candidates Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, because when Truman assumed office after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he felt woefully unprepared.
According to Lanhee Chen, 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney's former chief policy advisor, the briefings are short and limited.
"The nominee has access to one, maybe two or three (briefings) upon request, but that's it," Chen told The Washington Post
. "Because it's not like you have a ton of time to sit there and get briefed every day anyway."
"The briefings have to take place in (sensitive compartmented information facilities) or secure conferencing facilities that the government has, so it's not like you can just get the briefing on the campaign bus," he continued.
"We had two briefings: One was at the federal building in Los Angeles in September, and the second was a few weeks later at a secure facility in the Washington, D.C., metro area. That was it."
The New York Times
reported that both Trump and Clinton will possibly receive their first intelligence briefings some time next week.
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