Ex-national security adviser H.R. McMaster talked President Trump out of blocking former President Barack Obama's access to intelligence briefings last year, according to a report Monday.
Around March 2017, when Trump accused his predecessor, without evidence, of wiretapping Trump Tower, some of his associates in the White House were pushing their boss to pull the security clearances of Obama administration officials they saw as political rivals.
Some even suggested that Obama should lose access to intelligence briefings, an extreme move as all living ex-presidents can get them. But, the New Yorker reports, Trump was told of the importance of allowing former presidents to keep access to intelligence as they sometimes meet with foreign leaders, and with McMaster's insistence, decided not to make a move against Obama.