Thursday, June 30, 2016
This Is What Donald Trump's Top Secret Intelligence Briefing Will Look Like
John McLaughlin, OZY: What Trump's Intelligence Briefing Will Look Like
What do Dwight Eisenhower, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have in common? Er, nothing — except that like Eisenhower when he ran for president in 1952, Trump and Clinton will soon qualify for secret intelligence briefings.
I won’t be briefing Clinton or Trump, but I’ve done a number of these post-nomination briefings. The tradition began in the midst of the Cold War, when President Harry Truman decided that the nominees, Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, needed to be prepared for the postwar era. Over the intervening years, such briefings for major candidates have become a fixture of the pre-election season — once the candidates win their parties’ nominations, of course. You have questions? I have answers.
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WNU Editor: Listening to Donald Trump on the campaign trail .... I cannot help but feel that he is already receiving intelligence briefings .... albeit from his advisers who once served in the intelligence community.