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    Trump Skips Daily Intelligence Reports

    For much of the past year, President Trump has declined to participate in a practice followed by the past seven of his predecessors: He rarely if ever reads the President’s Daily Brief, a document that lays out the most pressing information collected by U.S. intelligence agencies from hot spots around the world. Trump has opted to rely on an oral briefing of select intelligence issues in the Oval Office rather than getting the full written document delivered to review separately each day, according to three people familiar with his briefings.

    Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred “style of learning,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The arrangement underscores Trump’s impatience with exhaustive classified documents that go to the commander in chief — material that he has said he prefers condensed as much as possible. But by not reading the daily briefing, the president could hamper his ability to respond to crises in the most effective manner, intelligence experts warned.

    Soon after Trump took office, analysts sought to tailor their intelligence sessions for a president with a famously short attention span, who is known for taking in much of his information from conservative Fox News Channel hosts. The oral briefings were augmented with photos, videos and graphics. After several months, Trump made clear he was not interested in reviewing a personal copy of the written intelligence report known as the PDB, a highly classified summary prepared before dawn to provide the president with the best update on the world’s events, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

    Several intelligence experts said that the president’s aversion to diving deeper into written intelligence details — the “homework” that past presidents have done to familiarize themselves with foreign policy and national security — makes both him and the country more vulnerable.

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    Wth?

    Seems like he has the attention span of a toddler. Graphics really?

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    Consider that his Highness makes the "fake" news he has no need for real events being made available.
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    It has the word INTELLIGENCE in the title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnflesh View Post
    It has the word INTELLIGENCE in the title.
    That is sure to cause him to ignore it. God forbid he learn something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBob View Post
    That is sure to cause him to ignore it. God forbid he learn something.
    I was just kidding around.

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    The rising Trump national security threat


    The latest: Trump doesn't read his President's Daily Brief, each morning's collection of the intelligence community's most pressing information, and instead relies on oral presentations that are "augmented with photos, videos and graphics," per WashPost. Two other explosive national security stories in the past week, via The Washington Post:

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had to ignore Trump's request for military options against Iran, including plans to attack Iranian ballistic missile factories and sink harassing Iranian speedboats. Dozens of top White House officials lack security clearances, including top adviser Jared Kushner — uncovered after staff secretary Rob Porter left his position following allegations of spousal abuse, which were first vehemently denied by the administration.

    Then-chief strategist Steve Bannon gained a seat on the National Security Council's "principal's committee" last January while top military and intelligence officials were booted. He remained in that position until an April reshuffle.

    The president's staff pulled out classified documents regarding a North Korean missile test last year while Trump dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, turning the resort's terrace into an "open-air situation room."

    Trump revealed classified information about efforts to fight the ISIS — reportedly from key ally Israel — to top Russian officials in the Oval Office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBob View Post
    That is sure to cause him to ignore it. God forbid he learn something.
    Thinking requires energy and the faster energy is used up, the faster a body dies.
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    Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement that “any notion that President Trump is not fully engaged in the PDB or does not read the briefing materials is pure fiction and is clearly not based on firsthand knowledge of the process.”

    He added that Trump’s routine sessions with senior intelligence advisers “demonstrate his interest in and appreciation for the value of the intelligence provided. In fact, President Trump engages for significantly longer periods than I understand many previous presidents have done.”

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    Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement that “any notion that President Trump is not fully engaged in the PDB or does not read the briefing materials is pure fiction and is clearly not based on firsthand knowledge of the process.”

    He added that Trump’s routine sessions with senior intelligence advisers “demonstrate his interest in and appreciation for the value of the intelligence provided. In fact, President Trump engages for significantly longer periods than I understand many previous presidents have done.”
    So Coats sees the facts differently than several others who are there. Does coats have white goo on his chin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBob View Post
    So Coats sees the facts differently than several others who are there. Does coats have white goo on his chin?
    Please name the others you are speaking about.

    And welcome to the board Bob.

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