Opinion: Trump White House’s self-inflicted security debacle

During my four years at the White House and six years in the US government, I went through various rounds of security clearance processes. The first time, it was to get the clearance I needed to join the US Treasury Department and deploy overseas to Iraq, and later to renew that clearance and gain access to higher levels of classified information. Never, at any point, did I hear about the two Presidents that I served under — President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama — nor any member of their team intervening to get someone a clearance when experts advised against doing so.

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