The Washington Post | January 15, 2021
Opinion by Susan M. Gordon
Susan M. Gordon was the principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2017 to 2019.
Every former president in the modern era has benefited from a unique national security perk after leaving the White House: routine intelligence briefings and access to classified information to support his continued involvement in advancing America’s interests. These briefings have been a matter of respectful convention and were granted by the new president to the old.