US spy agencies to begin top secret Trump briefings within days
US intelligence agencies will soon begin giving President-elect Donald Trump the same top secret national security briefings they give President Barack Obama, current and former intelligence officials said, Reuters reported.
The briefings by veteran career intelligence analysts, which will begin in the next few days, will include some of the government's most closely-guarded secrets, including details of undercover espionage operations and classified intelligence collection methods, including the National Security Agency's controversial eavesdropping operations, the officials said.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which will be in charge of Trump's briefings, had no immediate comment.
"I'm certain the intelligence agencies will approach these briefings with absolute professionalism," said John McLaughlin, a former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency who participated in presidential briefings.
"Once the American people have chosen a president he or she is entitled to complete support from intelligence, and intelligence agencies have to assume that a president-elect will be equally professional," McLaughlin said.