Mitt Romney yet to receive security briefings

September 13, 2012
By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Post

WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney has yet to begin receiving the security briefing typically afforded presidential nominees, his campaign said Wednesday.

The absence of a briefing is conspicuous at a time when foreign policy has emerged as a the focal point of the campaign, following the death of four Americans, including Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, amid violent protests in the Middle East. Last week, in his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for a second term, President Obama charged that Romney and his running mate, Paul D. Ryan, were “new to foreign policy.”

In 2008, both Obama and John McCain began receiving intelligence briefings shortly after accepting their respective party nominations for president.

Although Romney has officially been the Republican nominee for two weeks, he has yet to get a full security briefing, his campaign confirmed. Such a briefing would not be as detailed as the daily update the president receives.

Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said in a statement that the process “is moving forward on schedule.”

“The intelligence community is working closely with the Romney campaign to finalize the logistics for the candidate briefings,” Turner said.

Romney on Tuesday used the violence in the Middle East to criticize the Obama administration, saying the White House had failed to condemn the attacks and instead expressed sympathy with those who attacked diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt.

Romney stood by the remarks Wednesday, even after journalists pointed out that the initial comment Romney condemned came from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, not the White House, and before protesters had breached the compound.

Obama said the comment showed a tendency by Romney to “shoot first and aim later.”

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • apple-eater says:

    Why would anyone be surprised Obummer hasn’t supplied the security notices. After all he is Dictator in Chief and has no intention of giving up the position. This is just more of his CYA tactics so he can blame Romney for voicing an opinion of things Obummer is suppose to keep him abreast of while claiming Romney is spouting off without full knowledge of what he is talking about.

    Well, it seems Romney has to watch Fox news to get his information, but this is the kind of “transparency” Obummer is noted for and we really can’t expect anything more from the Imposter in Chief can er

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