Had the country not elected Trump to a job with automatic security clearance he probably couldn’t get one on his own.
Glancing over the State Department guidelines for access to classified information a few potential barriers pop up. (For starters he probably couldn’t get away with hiding his tax returns.)
Security clearance dis-qualifiers that might trip up a civilian Donald Trump:
- Behavior that casts doubt on an individual’s judgment, reliability, or trustworthiness, including but not limited to emotionally unstable, irresponsible, dysfunctional, violent, paranoid, or bizarre behavior.
- A substantial financial interest in a country, or in any foreign owned or operated business that could make the individual vulnerable to foreign influence.
- Sexual behavior that causes an individual to be vulnerable to coercion, exploitation, or duress. Sexual behavior of a criminal nature, whether or not the individual has been prosecuted.
- Personal conduct or concealment of information that may increase a persons susceptibility to blackmail.
- A pattern of high-risk, irresponsible, aggressive, anti-social or emotionally unstable behavior.
- Information that suggests that the individual’s current behavior indicates a defect in his or her judgment or reliability.
Oh, and one more as of yesterday:
Deliberate or negligent disclosure of classified or other protected information to unauthorized persons.
[Cross-posted via HuffPost]