Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the issue of sharing intelligence briefings with former President Donald Trump was “under review.”
US President Joe Biden said that his predecessor Donald Trump should not receive the intelligence briefings that are normally given to the former presidents because of Trump’s “erratic behavior.” During an interview with CBS News, when President Biden was asked if Trump should receive the briefings, he replied: “I think not because of his erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection,” referring to the US Capitol attack.
In the interview broadcasted on Friday, Biden asked: “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?”
In the past, former presidents have been receiving routine intelligence briefings and access to classified information. However, national security officials and Democrats have been pressurizing Biden to withhold the briefing from Trump as it may increase security risk.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the issue was “under review.”
In January, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that during his post-presidency, Trump should be restricted access to classified material. Last month during an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, Schiff said: “There’s no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing.” Schiff further added that he thinks Trump can’t be trusted with the briefing currently on in the future.