Serving as President of the United States is regarded as the world’s most challenging task. The office warrants constant vigilance, forces an individual to make life or death decisions on a frequent basis, and requires a deep understanding of every global political issue. As such, many wonder how a candidate for the office prepares to take the position. Well, it turns out that candidates on both sides of the political aisle begin receiving presidential security briefings once they secure their respective nominations, so as to ensure that they do not start entirely cold when they step into the office.
In a press conference on the fight against ISIS at the Pentagon this week, Obama took questions about Trump’s ability to handle national security matters, such as the constant battle with the Islamic State. A Reuters reporter asked if Obama was worried that Trump would soon be receiving the aforementioned security briefings. “Are you concerned he will be receiving security briefings about ISIS and other sensitive national secure issues?”
The President issued a harsh warning for the Republican nominee, saying that he needs to begin behaving in a more presidential fashion and ensure that the sensitive information to which he will now be privy is not leaked. “As for Mr. Trump, we’re going to go by the law which is that — tradition and the law, that if someone is the Republican nominee for president, they need to get security briefing, so if they were to win, they are not starting from scratch in terms of being prepared for this office. And I’m not going to go into the details of the nature of the security briefings that both candidates receive. What I will say is that they have been told these are classified briefings. If they want to be president, they have to start acting like president, and that means being able to receive these briefings and not spread them around.”
The Republican Party’s adamant position toward Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive government information could now come back to haunt them if Trump reveals any secrets from his briefings. The Democrats will use that against Trump, saying that he cannot call out Hillary for her actions, seeing that he made the same mistake.
Do you think Obama’s warning to Trump will set the Republican candidate straight? Will Donald start acting more presidential?