“The president was expressing his concern about former president Trump receiving access to sensitive intelligence,” press secretary Jen Psaki told The Washington Post.
Biden previously argued against providing Trump with any classified intelligence, saying in an interview with CBS News on Friday it would be a bad idea “because of his erratic behavior, unrelated to the insurrection,” referring to the storming of the US Capitol building in Washington by a group of Trump supporters on January 6.
Limited intelligence briefings are traditionally given to former presidents upon their request or when a sitting president reaches out for advice, and Trump could become the first ex-commander-in-chief to be denied such a “courtesy.”
Accused of “inciting” a mob attack on the Capitol, even though he condemned the rioters, Trump who is no longer in office has been impeached for a second time by the Democrat-controlled House. His trial in the Senate is scheduled to begin next week.
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