UPDATE: Donald Trump is now denying reports that he sought top secret security clearance for his kids.
I am not trying to get "top level security clearance" for my children. This was a typically false news story.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
This denial comes despite numerous press reports to the contrary — including an ABC News report that the clearances were requested by “a low-level staffer”. Also four of Trump’s children (including his son-in-law) are on his Presidential Transition Team.
TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 5pm — President-elect Donald Trump has inquired about getting top secret security clearances for his grown children, CBS News reported on Monday.
Report: Trump seeking top secret clearances for his grown children https://t.co/zCpMfQCSfn
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 15, 2016
The report did not specify which of his five children Trump would like to designate as “national security advisers” in order for them to receive a top clearance and gain access to classified information.
Trump’s main son and daughter, Donald, Jr., and Ivanka, were recently appointed to roles on the White House transition team, along with his other son, Eric. The president-elect’s other daughter, Tiffany, was snubbed, as was his 10-year-old son Barron.
Barron is a child, so it is unlikely — but not impossible — that Trump would name him as a national security adviser to the White House. During one of the presidential debates, Trump answered a question about cyber security by praising Barron’s computer skills.
“We have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem,” Trump said. “I have a son. He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it’s hardly doable.”
Tiffany is a 23-year-old graduate of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, her father’s alma mater. She is the only child from Trump’s second marriage to Marla Maples. Her older sibling, all in their 30s, were born to Trump’s first wife, Ivana. If they are in line to receive security clearances, why not Tiffany?
She loves America, big league.
Nepotism rules prohibit Trump from hiring his children for official White House roles. Trump has said that his children will oversee his real estate business while he serves as president. This does not, however, prevent them from receiving a top secret security clearance, which can be award to non-government officials at the discretion of the president.
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