On 14 November 2016, news outlets published an unverified claim that Donald Trump attempted to obtain “top secret security clearances” for his adult children, citing unnamed sources:
President-elect Donald Trump is potentially seeking top secret security clearances for his children, sources tell CBS News.
The Trump team has asked the White House to explore the possibility of getting his children the top secret security clearances. Logistically, the children would need to be designated by the current White House as national security advisers to their father to receive top secret clearances. However, once Mr. Trump becomes president, he would be able to put in the request himself … While nepotism rules prevent the president-elect from hiring his kids to work in the White House, they do not need to be government officials to receive top secret security clearances.
“No,” Ivanka told CBS News’ Lesley Stahl when asked during a “60 Minutes” interview if she would join the administration. “I’m going to be a daughter. But I’ve– I’ve said throughout the campaign that I am very passionate about certain issues. And that I want to fight for them.”
On 16 November 2016 President-Elect Trump denied the claim via Twitter, describing it as “a typically false news story”:
I am not trying to get “top level security clearance” for my children. This was a typically false news story.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
Jason Miller, the head of Trump’s transition team’s communications, earlier asserted that “the President-elect has not requested security clearance for any family members and no paperwork has been submitted to this effect,” and “any reporting otherwise is inaccurate.” Although reporting often referenced Trump’s “kids,” Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka remained the closest to his campaign.