Apparently, former presidents get intelligence briefings. Why? Because that’s what you do!
Anyway, according to the New Yorker, Trump considered revoking Obama’s:
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.
Trump Tuesday denied it: “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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2018
I do fault Trump for this. WHY DIDN’T HE CONSIDER IT? These president’s don’t need intel briefings. We don’t need people wasting time preparing them. And then, I assume, flying out to deliver them, since ex-presidents don’t come to you, you go to them.
People will argue the presidents need them to “give advice” to current presidents. I don’t think Trump is calling up the Bushes for advice. Not to mention Clinton or Obama. Anyway, if he needs their input, then give them the relevant intel. They’re private citizens now, don’t make the system continue to support them more than it has to.
Let’s face it, the reason ex-presidents want intel briefing is because it’s awesome!