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Donald Trump Denies Trying to Get His Children Top Security Access

President-Elect Trump And Vice President-Elect Pence Meet With House Speaker Paul Ryan On Capitol Hill
Zach Gibson—Getty Images President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.

“This was a typically false news story"

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday denied attempting to obtain top security clearance for his children.

Trump squashed a recent report that claimed his team had been potentially seeking top-secret security level clearances from the White House for three of his children—Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr.—as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Trump placed all four on his transition team last week.

“I am not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This was a typically false news story.”

Trump did not specify whether that included Kushner.

The president-elect also said in other tweets Wednesday morning that his transition is “going so smoothly” — dismissing reports by the New York Times and others of chaos behind the scenes as he attempts to build an administration. He added that he has been in contact with many foreign leaders, including those in Russia, the U.K., China, Saudi Arabia and Japan.

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