During the White House press briefing on Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked how people can handle classified information if they do not have a permanent security clearance.
According to Sanders, the lack of permanent clearances rests on the intelligence agencies that are responsible for granting them. Attention was then turned to White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned after allegations surfaced that he abused two ex-wives.
“Can you guarantee you’re protecting classified information when you have someone like Rob Porter …,” a reporter began to ask.
“We’re doing and taking every step we can to protect classified information,” Sanders responded. “I mean, frankly, if you guys have such concern with classified information, there’s plenty of it that has leaked out of the Hill, leaked out of other communities well beyond the White House walls.
“If you guys have real concerns about leaking out classified information, look around this room. You guys are the ones that publish classified information and put national security at risk. That doesn’t come from this White House,” she added.
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