Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report

Source: The Hill | August 17, 2018 | Justin Wise

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House deputy chief of staff Bill Shine have reportedly discussed when would be the best time for President Trump to revoke additional security clearances.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Sanders and Shine are discussing the matter in an attempt to have Trump’s revocations serve as a distraction during unfavorable news cycles. Sources told the Post that Trump wants to sign “most, if not all” of the planned revocations.

The report comes just days after the White House announced that former CIA Director John Brennan, an outspoken critic of the president, had his security clearance revoked. 

The revocation of Brennan’s clearance came amid a flurry of damaging claims stemming from former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new tell-all memoir of her time in the White House, “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House.” 

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The administration has drafted more notices to revoke the security clearances of current and former officials critical of Trump.

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     EVERYDAY #25144

    Typical Trump behavior (and those of his staff and supporters). Negative news?
    No news? Create a crisis or a controversy. Have to keep the fans entertained. And who cares what or whom his actions hurt?

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