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    Trump Rails at 'Fake News' for Saying He Wanted to End Obama's Intel Briefings

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    The New Yorker magazine has reported that Trump's advisers urged to nix Obama's access to the briefings in 2017. The news broke amid a bitter security row in the US, sparked by Trump's decision to revoke former CIA chief Brennan's security clearance last week.

    In his latest online tirade aimed at "fake news," Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast reports that he had "discussed or thought of" cutting off his predecessor Barack Obama access to intelligence briefings.

    His tweet comes in response to Monday's article in The New Yorker, which alleged that Trump's associates agitated for revoking the security clearances of ex-US President Obama's officials in 2017, while some of them called for denying Obama access to intelligence briefings. The idea, however, was repulsed by then National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster and wasn't put into practice.

    READ MORE: Trump Hopes Ex-CIA Head Brennan Files Lawsuit Over Loss of Security Clearance

    In another post, Trump commended James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, who scolded ex-CIA chief John Brennan's rhetoric regarding Trump's alleged collusion with Russia.

    Trump stripped Brennan, a fierce critic of the US President, of his security clearance last week, citing his "erratic conduct and behavior." The latter called Trump's decision a politically motivated step and threatened to take legal action.

    Donald Trump also hinted that former CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd could also lose his clearance following a "totally unglued and weird" performance during a television debate.

    The revocation of Brennan's security clearance has sparked a backlash in the American intelligence community. As many as 175 former US-spy officials protested against Donald Trump's move, advocating the right to express their unclassified views; their statement echoed the outcry of 12 ex-CIA directors, who condemned Trump's move as an "attempt to stifle free speech."


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