Ever since Dwight Eisenhower ran for his first term as President in 1952, the presidential nominees of both parties have received top intelligence briefings after the conventions for both political parties are completed. It will be no different this year, even though government secrets, emails, and national security have been focal points of concern this year especially. This is the case primarily because of all the hoopla concerning the email crisis centered around #Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State, even though Clinton has been cleared of any allegations of wrongdoing by the Director of the C.I.A. (Central Intelligence Agency).
GOP efforts to deny Clinton access.
In anticipation of Clinton's nomination at the upcoming Democratic Convention, House Speaker Paul Ryan had sent a letter to National Intelligence Director James Clapper asking that Clinton not be given intelligence briefings after the convention. However, Clapper chose the status quo, "one size fits all" approach. Clapper stated, “Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed, non-partisan basis." Clinton will be included as a recipient of the classified intelligence briefings without any restrictions or limitations of any kind.
Trump's "off the cuff" tendencies.
#Donald Trump's access to classified intelligence information has come into questioning by some observers from both political parties as well. This is primarily because of Trump's tendencies to speak "off the cuff" and to make statements that are offensive to large demographics of people, i.e., calling Mexican immigrants to the United States "drug addicts, criminals and rapists." Trump also referred to Mexican immigrants "murderers."
The concern is that Trump may speak without thinking and reveal some secret information that he has learned at a classified intelligence briefing, may leak government military plans for upcoming missions, or may say something that offends other nations and their leaders.
Pence and Kaine included.
The vice-presidential candidates of both parties also will receive classified intelligence briefings. This also has been the tradition since 1952, with the rationale that the vice-presidential candidates must be ready and able to take the reigns and lead at a moment's notice should the need arise. The impetus for including the vice-presidential candidates was the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. Upon Roosevelt's death, Vice-President Harry Truman took office without having been briefed on anything that was going on at the White House. Truman did not even know about plans to drop the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and had to be briefed quickly to get caught up to speed. In 1952, it was decided that from that point on, the presidential and vice-presidential candidates will undergo classified intelligence briefings so that what happened to Truman would never happen again.
Trump's own troubles.
Meanwhile, Trump is having his own problems right now. He and his campaign have been told by Mary Commanday, the mother of slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya, that she objects to "any mention" of her son's name by Trump, his campaign or the RNC (Republican National Committee). Essentially what Commanday is saying is that she does not want Republicans to take advantage of her son's death and score political points from it. Whether or not Trump and the GOP comply with Commanday's request remains to be seen; but one can be sure that whatever they decide to do, that they will make the interests of the Trump campaign and the GOP number one. When a political party has a track record with as much slick on the pavement as the GOP has left, it is not hard to figure out their next move and their ill-begotten motives. #Election 2016