Donald Trump denies trying to get security clearance for children

He has tweeted, saying this was "a typically false news story"

Donald Trump denies trying to get security clearance for children

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US president-elect Donald Trump has dismissed claims he is seeking security clearance for his children as "a typically false news story".

Citing anonymous sources, CBS News had reported he was "potentially" looking to get his children "top secret" security clearances.

It said the development raised "another layer of questions" about the role his children would play when he becomes US president in January.

Such clearance would allow Mr Trump to discuss matters of national security with his daughter, Ivanka, sons Eric and Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

But Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said no official request has been made - and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters that if there was such an inquiry, it was informal.

"The president-elect has not requested security clearance for any family members and no paperwork has been submitted to this effect. Any reporting otherwise is inaccurate," Mr Miller said.

Mr Trump, who has insisted that to avoid conflicts of interest his children would run his sprawling business empire once he assumed the presidency, later tweeted: "I am not trying to get 'top level security clearance' for my children. This was a typically false news story."

It comes amid increasing friction between Mr Trump and some sections of the American media, who he claims are misreporting his transition to power.

Journalists were recently left frustrated after he went for a private dinner in New York after they were told he had no further engagements.

He also wrote on Twitter that the New York Times was "totally wrong" to allege his transition team was "in disarray".

During his presidential campaign he condemned the media's behaviour, saying "there has never been dishonesty like it".