International Donald Trump slams report that he considered revoking Obama's security clearance

Donald Trump slams report that he considered revoking Obama’s security clearance




- Advertisement -

Another day, another fake news report. At least, that’s what US President Donald Trump thinks as he slammed the New York Times for reporting that he considered revoking ex-President Barack Obama’s security clearance.

On Monday, The New Yorker cited unnamed sources and claimed that White House officials had discussed revoking Obama’s security clearance last year. The publication reported allegations that national security adviser H.R. McMaster ultimately shut down the idea and so, “Trump decided not to exclude Obama, at the urging of McMaster.”

The New Yorker published that Trump supporters saw members of the Obama administration as “powerful enemies” and that President Trump was advised to cut Obama’s access to intelligence briefings that all living former Presidents are allowed access to:

“At the time, some of Trump’s most fervent supporters in the White House saw former Obama Administration officials as powerful enemies who threatened the new President’s rule, and they agitated for punishing them by revoking their security clearances. The idea was rebuffed by the national-security adviser at the time, H. R. McMaster, who signed a memo extending the clearances of his predecessors at the N.S.C., Republicans and Democrats alike.
“As Trump stepped up his public and private attacks on Obama, some of the new President’s advisers thought that he should take the extraordinary step of denying Obama himself access to intelligence briefings that were made available to all of his living predecessors.
“Trump was told about the importance of keeping former Presidents, who frequently met with foreign leaders, informed. In the end, Trump decided not to exclude Obama, at the urging of McMaster.”

President Trump promptly repudiated the report on Twitter and said that such an act was “never discussed or thought of!”:

“Fake News, of which there is soooo much (this time the very tired New Yorker) falsely reported that I was going to take the extraordinary step of denying Intelligence Briefings to President Obama. Never discussed or thought of!”
- Advertisement -

The New Yorker’s allegations come after President Trump revoked ex-Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance after Brennan joined MSNBC as an analyst and began what appears to be a campaign of accusing the Trump administration of collusion with other forces.

The White House cited Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behavior” and accused him of “leveraging” his clearance to make false claims against the Trump administration as it announced that his security clearance has been revoked.

In response, Brennan took to The New York Times and wrote an op-ed in which he called President Trump’s denial of collusion accusations as “hogwash.” He wrote:

“Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash. The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of ‘Trump Incorporated’ attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets.”

Republican Senator Richard Burr, who also serves as the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, rebutted Brennan’s collusion allegations in a statement to the press and pointed out that there are some problems with the believability of his claims:

“Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017?
“If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.”

Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoop to 

- Advertisement -

Lanterns in Chinatown amuse online community

Singapore — The new Chinese New Year (CNY) decorations along Chinatown has once again garnered attention from netizens. Previously, the decorations only consisted of plastic Oxen along the roads, which made many citizens joke about an Ox farm opening. As there had...

PSP’s Francis Yuen says Vivian Balakrishnan having “overlooked” the CPC with regards to TraceTogether is “quite disappointing”

Following the Progress Singapore Party's (PSP) statement on Jan 10 about ministers backtracking on TraceTogether promises, PSP Assistant Secretary-General Francis Yuen explained the party's position on the matter. Mr Yuen contested in Chua Chu Kang GRC during the 2020 elections, along with...

Kindhearted Chinatown resident draws praise for helping pedestrians cross the road without getting wet in the rain

A kindhearted Chinatown resident who helps pedestrians cross the road by holding an umbrella over them whenever it rains has won praise online. The resident, a housewife who lives with her husband and daughters, has been spotted repeatedly escorting pedestrians who do...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoop to