Hillary Clinton receives first national security briefing as Democratic nominee


Hillary Clinton has received her first national security briefing as the Democratic presidential nominee, meeting intelligence officials on Saturday for an overview of the major threats facing the US around the globe.

The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, received his briefing earlier this month, a customary move for major party nominees but one that has been the subject of a political tussle during the campaign.

Some critics and opponents of Trump have questioned whether he is capable of handling sensitive information responsibly; some of Clinton’s critics say her use of a private email server while secretary of state raises concern over her ability to protect classified information.

Clinton attended her briefing for more than two hours at the FBI office in White Plains, New York, near her suburban home. As Barack Obama’s secretary of state, she held a high security clearance and received a copy of the president’s daily brief, the highest-level US intelligence document that includes sensitive intelligence and analysis from around the world.

Saturday’s briefing was her first since becoming her party’s nominee and no aides were present, her campaign said. Trump was accompanied to his briefing by retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn and New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

The briefings, which are delivered by career staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, have been traditional for presidential nominees for more than 60 years, to ensure a smooth transition for the next commander in chief.

Trump was campaigning on Saturday, headlining the Republican senator Joni Ernst’s annual Roast and Ride fundraiser at the Iowa state fairgrounds in Des Moines. The businessman was not planning to join a 42-mile motorcycle ride that is part of the event but nonetheless brought his campaign to a state where polls show a tight contest, rare good news for Republicans in battleground states.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Iowa’s Republican governor, Terry Branstad, said he would like Trump to focus his message more on a renewable fuel standard that is important to his state’s corn farmers. Trump and Clinton are polling about even in the state, Branstad said, adding that he would like Trump to launch campaign ads in Iowa since Clinton has already done so.

I don’t like that, but hopefully that’s going to change, he said.

News Source TheGuardianNews

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