Donald Trump to Get National Intelligence Briefings Immediately

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Donald Trump speaks during the 2016 RNC.

"There is no stipulation anywhere that requires a security clearance for a presidential candidate. The fact that they're a candidate qualifies them," says James R. Clapper Jr., the director of National Intelligence.

Donald Trump will begin to get intelligence briefings now that he is the official GOP candidate for president.  

Both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will get briefings as soon as next week, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of National Intelligence, said Thursday during the Aspen Security Forum.

Although Trump is a notorious tweeter and Clinton has been on the hot seat for her email server, Clapper said there is "no hesitation" to brief either candidate. 

Said Clapper, "And the reason for that is ... there is a long tradition that the intelligence community, at the appropriate time, and now is the appropriate time since both candidates have been officially anointed, both camps will be reached out to and offered briefings." 

It will be up to both camps as to whether they want to "accept" the information, he said. Teams have already been put in place to meet with both Trump and Clinton. 

"There is no stipulation anywhere that requires a security clearance for a presidential candidate. The fact that they're a candidate qualifies them," said Clapper. 

The National Intelligence director said it is not up to him to decide whether the two candidates are "suitable" for the classified information, he is just to deliver it. 

The voters will decide who will be "cleared for everything," he added. 

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