“I think we’re doing every step we can to protect classified information. If you guys have real concerns about leaking classified information, look around the room,” Sanders said during the daily briefing. “If anyone is publishing, or putting out publicly, classified information, it’s members of the press.”
Sanders stated that the news media has repeatedly “leaked” classified information from sources on Capitol Hill, which will inevitably “put[s] national security at risk.”
“This is a process that doesn’t operate within the White House. It is handled by our law enforcement and intelligence community,” she said. “It’s the same process that has been used for decades by previous administrations.”
“I do think that it’s up to those same law enforcement and intelligence agencies to determine if changes need to be made to their process,” Sanders added.
Porter tendered his resignation last Wednesday after his two ex-wives made headlines for shedding light on the former Trump aide’s history of verbal and domestic abuse. Since the story broke, the White House has frantically tried to piece together explanations that chronologically fit within the timeline of the allegations and whether anyone in the White House knew about Porter’s past, or the issues with his “ongoing background check.”
Just last week, Sanders could be seen praising Porter’s work ethic and performance during his tenure at the White House – even though pictures of his bruise and battered former wife were circulating online, sporting a black eye. Trump also spoke highly of Porter from the Oval Office, even days after the staff secretary resigned from his post.
All the controversy surrounding Porter has raised a number of concerns with respect to the White House vetting process. Porter, as a staff secretary, made executive decisions on the information that reached President Trump’s desk, and in the process, reviewed sensitive material. Do you think that Porter should have been allowed to get by on an interim security clearance for such a long time?
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