“I’m, like, a smart person,” he explained Sunday. “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years – but eight years. I don’t need that.”
Donald Trump is defending his decision to skimp on intelligence briefings since he won the election last month.
The president-elect suggested that he is too smart to be given them daily.
Chief executives receive intelligence briefings on a regular basis in the form of the presidential daily briefings (PDB).
The PDB is intended to provide the president of the United States with new international intelligence warranting attention and analysis of sensitive international situations.
Although the production and coordination of the PDB was a CIA responsibility, other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community review articles and were free to write and submit articles for inclusion.
While the name of the PDB implies exclusivity, it has historically been briefed to other high officials. The distribution list has varied over time, but has always or almost always included the Secretaries of State and Defense and the National Security Adviser. Rarely, special editions of the PDB have actually been “for the President’s eyes only,” with further dissemination of the information left to the President’s discretion.
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The author is just having fun with wordplay. Trump didn’t actually say those words. He said: “I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. I don’t need that. But I do say, ‘If something should change, let us know.'”
America has elected a president who literally cannot be bothered to do the work of being president.
He also probably doesn’t need to take bathroom breaks because everyone know the Great Leader doesn’t generate waste.
In other news, Trump says he “definitely isn’t a narcissist” and is “the most humble guy I know, folks. Take it from me.”
“I’m, like, a smart person.”
Our President-Elect, ladies and gentlemen.
Former Central Intelligence Director George Tenet considered the PDB so sensitive that during July 2000 he indicated to the National Archives and Records Administration that none of them could be released for publication “no matter how old or historically significant it may be.