White House Supports Intelligence Briefing for Donald Trump

Concerns have been raised by some intelligence officials and top Democrats.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote directly to Obama Wednesday asking him to "suspend Mr. Trump's access to these briefings" in light of his recent statements about Russia and hacking. (Trump has said he was being sarcastic.)

Earnest said the briefings are necessary to ensure a "smooth transition" to the next president, whoever it may be, and that the intelligence community could mitigate concerns about security.

The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has said that both nominees would receive the same information in their briefings.

"That certainly seems appropriate," Earnest said.