Should Trump receive classified briefings?
From a very interesting column in the New Yorker by William Finnegan:
. . . It has been customary, since shortly after the dawn of the nuclear age, for major-party Presidential candidates to begin receiving classified briefings on matters of national security—threats, concerns, ongoing operations, covert programs. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has confirmed that briefing teams are preparing to meet with Clinton and Trump immediately after the nominating Conventions. Unlike Clinton, Trump has never been privy to classified intelligence. He may not think he actually needs to be briefed. “I know more about isis than the generals do,” he said at one of his rallies. “Believe me. I’m good at war. I’ve had a lot of wars of my own. I’m really good at war.” Still, Trump has expressed eagerness to begin his meetings with military and intelligence officials. His enthusiasm is reportedly not entirely reciprocated. “He completely misunderstands the military profession that he would head if he were the president,” Robert Killebrew, a retired Army colonel, told the Huffington Post. Dan Senor, a national-security aide to George W. Bush, said recently that “there should be serious concern” about giving Trump classified briefings. With his stream-of-consciousness speaking style and his bizarre relationship to information, Trump will not necessarily be discreet, or put the national interest first. This, it seems safe to say, is an unprecedented situation. And we are still speaking only of the campaign.