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Ex-Presidents Can Get Intel Briefings. Trump Shouldn’t.

Contributor: Eleanor Clift

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Whether ex-presidents get intel briefings is entirely up to the sitting president. None has ever said no. But Joe Biden should.

As a courtesy, former presidents are typically assured continued access to the country’s secrets when they request it. But Donald Trump’s personal debt ($400 million) and his proclivity to share secrets with foreign adversaries make him a security risk. As a private citizen, he could never qualify for the security clearance that was conferred upon him as president.

The decision to pull the plug falls to the new president—and Joe Biden shouldn’t hesitate to cut him off in a New York minute. The guy is a charlatan and a con man, and he’ll monetize every morsel of information he can get his hands on, national security be damned.

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