President-elect Donald Trump has denied the false story that he was seeking top level security clearances for his family.

  • Trump on Twitter: “I am not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children. This was a typically false news story.”
  • Tweet was in response to false reports Monday that he was seeking security clearance for three of his children and his son-in-law.
  • Clearance would allow Trump to discuss matters of national security with his daughter, Ivanka, sons Eric and Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
  • Federal law prohibits Trump from hiring family members to serve in his administration.
  • Trump has said his children will run his business once he assumes the presidency, to avoid a conflict of interest.

“I am not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children. This was a typically false news story,” the New York real estate magnate said in a Twitter post.

Trump was referring to media reports on Monday that he was seeking security clearance for three of his children and his son-in-law.

Such clearance would allow Trump to discuss matters of national security with his daughter, Ivanka, sons Eric and Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Federal law prohibits him from hiring family members to serve in his administration, but all four played key advisory roles through the campaign.

Trump has insisted that to avoid conflicts of interest, his children would run his sprawling business operations once he assumed the presidency.

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