WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the discovery of top-secret documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate raised concerns about the compromise of sensitive data and called it of “irresponsible”.
Biden, who rarely does interviews, spoke to CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a segment that aired on Sunday. He said that when he heard about classified documents taken from the White House, he wondered how “anyone could be so irresponsible”.
Biden added, “And I thought, what data was there that could compromise sources and methods?”
The president said he wasn’t notified before Trump’s estate was searched, and he didn’t ask for any details “because I don’t want to get in the middle of whether the ministry of Justice should move or not”. move on to some actions they might take.
The FBI says it took about 11,000 documents, including about 100 with classification marks found in a storage room and office, while serving a court-authorized search warrant at the home on August 8. Weeks after the search, Trump’s attorneys asked a judge to appoint a special prothonotary to conduct an independent review of the records.
The warrant says federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs the collection, transmission or loss of defense information under the Espionage Act.
Biden told ’60 Minutes’ that when he heard about classified documents being removed from the White House, he wondered how ‘anyone could be so irresponsible’.
“And I thought what data was in there that might compromise sources and methods?”
In the wide-ranging interview, the president would not commit to running for re-election in 2024, although he has said in the past that he plans to do so.
“My intention, as I said at the start, is to race again,” he said. “But that’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
Biden was asked about growing concerns that Russia’s efforts to take over Ukraine could inspire Chinese leader Xi Jinping to attack Taiwan. The island has been recognized by the United States as part of China but has its own democratic government. Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met last week.
Biden again said US forces would respond “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
White House officials later said official US policy had not changed and would not say whether US forces would be called upon to defend Taiwan. Biden has made the claim before, but the statements come at an increasingly tense time for U.S.-China relations, particularly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip last month.
Beijing sees formal US contact with Taiwan as encouragement to make the island’s decades-old de facto independence permanent, a step Biden and other US leaders say they do not support.
The president said the US commitment to Ukraine was “ironclad” and would remain so “as long as it takes.” Ukrainian troops are engaged in a counter-offensive that has recaptured towns from Russian troops. But the toll of the war is enormous and new atrocities are revealed, including torture chambers and mass graves. Since January 2021, the United States has provided more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.
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