Trump Suggests James Clapper Is ‘Being Nice To Me’ To Keep His Security Clearance

on August 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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August 21, 2018 7:19 am
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President Donald Trump flaunted his authority to mercilessly yank former officials’ security clearance on a whim early Tuesday, posting a tweet suggesting that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was “being nice to me” to avoid losing his clearance.

Clapper is one of several former — notably all Democratic — officials whose clearance Trump is considering halting. Trump pulled former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance last week over his criticism of Trump and his role in the “witch hunt.”

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