President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump should not be given access to intelligence briefings because of his “erratic behaviour”.
The US has a tradition of allowing former presidents to be briefed on the nation’s security issues – as a courtesy extended by the incumbent.
But when asked by CBS News if Mr Trump would receive the same courtesy, President Biden said “I think not”.
He cited Mr Trump’s “erratic behaviour” as his reason for refusing access.
“I don’t think there’s any need for him to have an intelligence briefing,” Mr Biden said in his first sit-down interview since becoming president.
He declined to speculate on what his worst fears would be if Mr Trump were allowed to see classified reports, but he suggested the former president could not be trusted to keep confidential information to himself.
“What value is giving him an intelligence briefing? What value is there at all, other than that he might slip and say something?” Mr Biden said.