By Asmaa Bahadi
By Asmaa Bahadi
Rabat – President Barack Obama confirmed on Thursday that Donald Trump will receive classified national security briefings before the elections in November.
However, the President warned the Republican candidate, whom he has called “unfit” for the Presidency, that the information must be kept secret.
The top secret briefings contain information about world crises and security threats.
In response to a question about whether he was concerned about Trump obtaining the classified information, Obama said “What I will say is that they have been told these are classified briefings”, “And if they want to be President, they got to start acting like President, and that means being able to receive these briefings and not spread them around,” he added.
Some Republicans have claimed that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s access to national security briefings should be denied because of her record of handling classified information on an unofficial email server while she was Secretary of State.
Dismayed over Trump, the New York businessman who has proposed temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States and building a wall on the US border with Mexico, Obama, a Democrat, assured that both candidates would be treated equally while speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday. Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State, in race for the White House.
“We are going to go by the law, which is that, in both tradition and the law, that if somebody is the nominee … they need to get a security briefing so that if they were to win, they are not starting from scratch in terms of being prepared,” Obama said.
However, Obama dismissed Trump’s claims that the election might be rigged.
“Of course the elections will not be rigged. What does that mean?” Obama said, expressing his frustration. “If Mr. Trump is up 10 or 15 points on Election Day and ends up losing, then maybe he can raise some questions. That doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.”
Hillary Clinton is dominating most polls right now.