Trump claims presidents can declassify documents 'even by thinking about it'

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Trump claims presidents can declassify documents 'even by thinking about it'

From CBS News by Kathryn Watson

Presidents can declassify documents "even by thinking about it," former President Trump claimed in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that aired Wednesday night.

"There doesn't have to be a process, as I understand it," Trump told Hannity. "You know, there's different people say different things, but as I understand, there doesn't have to be — if you're the President of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it's declassified, even by thinking about it. Because you're sending it to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever you're sending it. And there doesn't have to be a process. There can be a process, but there doesn't have to be. You're the president – you make that decision. So when you send it, it's declassified. I declassified everything."

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