On Trump's calendar, just 17 intelligence briefings in 85 days

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who doesn't regularly read the daily intelligence summary prepared for him, is also participating in relatively few in-person briefings from his spy agencies, according to intelligence officials and a review of his schedules. t's the latest indication that Trump does not consistently rely on the information and analysis provided to him by the $80 billion a year U.S. intelligence-gathering apparatus.


A series of recently published presidential schedules show that he has been in just 17 intelligence briefings over the last 85 days. That's about the same frequency as two of his predecessors, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, according to a former CIA briefer who has written a book on the subject. But unlike those former presidents, Trump does not regularly read the written intelligence briefing sent over each day to the White House, U.S. officials tell NBC News, and in private he frequently questions the integrity and judgment of the intelligence officials who are giving him secret information.

Trump has also done that publicly. Last week, after intelligence officials publicly contradicted him, Trump tweeted that his top spies should "go back to school," and in an interview with CBS News Sunday, he acknowledged that he frequently disagreed with his intelligence advisers. Wen Trump believes something to be true, U.S. officials tell NBC News, it's extremely difficult for them to dissuade him, even if they have a mountain of evidence he is wrong. And when he doubts something they are telling him, he often requires iron-clad proof of a type that is rarely available from intelligence collection.

"This is the first president that the intelligence community has had to deal with whose instinctive departure point is not the truth," David Priess, a former CIA briefer, said on MSNBC. "He goes from his belief first."

On Trump’s calendar, just 17 intelligence briefings in 85 days

This is just crazy insane (Again his OWN agencies) and highly dangerous to our national security. God forbid we face another 9/11. We would be totally screwed by him.
 
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Abortion and immigration opponents decided they would allow a gangster and his crime family to loot the federal government in exchange for a majority of Supreme Court seats. They made the deal and they're now locked in until they get their 30 pieces of silver for it. Which, of course, he can never give them because if they ever get paid he's lost his hold on them.

There's no more surprises over anything. He will enrich himself at the trough and give evangelicals and racists little bits of hope until he's removed by security. And he'll laugh his ass off on the way out.
 

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McCain knocks Obama on skipping intelligence briefings


You didn't care then.... What does he need in this briefing that he could get "if there are changes" ?
So you did not bother to read my article apparently

But Obama started each day in the White House with a meeting of key national security advisers at which intelligence was discussed. And Obama read the written Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB, a newsletter of secret information prepared for him by the CIA and other agencies.

During some periods of his presidency, former advisers say, Obama received an in-person intelligence briefing every day he was in the White House. At other times it was less frequent.

"We have no evidence that Donald Trump is reading his president's daily brief on the days when he's not getting briefings," Priess said, "whereas President's Clinton and Obama, and all previous presidents, spent a lot of time either reading the presidents daily briefing" or discussing it."

All previous President's have kept up daily intelligence briefings, either in person or by the PDB.

Trump doesn't not bother to do EITHER OF THOSE THINGS.

And he routinely dismisses, again, what his OWN IA agencies say.

If you can't see how abnormal and dangerous this is, then I can't help you.
 
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who doesn't regularly read the daily intelligence summary prepared for him, is also participating in relatively few in-person briefings from his spy agencies, according to intelligence officials and a review of his schedules. t's the latest indication that Trump does not consistently rely on the information and analysis provided to him by the $80 billion a year U.S. intelligence-gathering apparatus.


A series of recently published presidential schedules show that he has been in just 17 intelligence briefings over the last 85 days. That's about the same frequency as two of his predecessors, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, according to a former CIA briefer who has written a book on the subject. But unlike those former presidents, Trump does not regularly read the written intelligence briefing sent over each day to the White House, U.S. officials tell NBC News, and in private he frequently questions the integrity and judgment of the intelligence officials who are giving him secret information.

Trump has also done that publicly. Last week, after intelligence officials publicly contradicted him, Trump tweeted that his top spies should "go back to school," and in an interview with CBS News Sunday, he acknowledged that he frequently disagreed with his intelligence advisers. Wen Trump believes something to be true, U.S. officials tell NBC News, it's extremely difficult for them to dissuade him, even if they have a mountain of evidence he is wrong. And when he doubts something they are telling him, he often requires iron-clad proof of a type that is rarely available from intelligence collection.

"This is the first president that the intelligence community has had to deal with whose instinctive departure point is not the truth," David Priess, a former CIA briefer, said on MSNBC. "He goes from his belief first."

On Trump’s calendar, just 17 intelligence briefings in 85 days

This is just crazy insane (Again his OWN agencies) and highly dangerous to our national security. God forbid we face another 9/11. We would be totally screwed by him.
Any kind of intelligence briefings for Trump are a waste of time, at least that self reflection he has.
 
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Are you advocating for skipping intelligence briefings all together, and just to react going forward to changed circumstances, like planes flown in a building ?


So you are saying that if the president, as both have done skip a ton of these, that planes will fly into buildings?
 
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So you are saying that if the president, as both have done skip a ton of these, that planes will fly into buildings?
Well, i'm saying that GW bush back in the days kind of ignored / brushed off intelligence from the FBI, indicating that a potential air plane attack on the WTC is very possible, likely and imminent.
That ignorance is pretty much the same as skipping / not having intelligence briefings to begin with.

And the outcome were "changed circumstances", to which the President then had to immediately react (in this cae, planes buildings).

So yes, I am saying Trump is an irresponsible know-nothing.
 

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So you are saying that if the president, as both have done skip a ton of these, that planes will fly into buildings?
Again, previous President's have NOT skipped a "ton" of either in person briefings or reading the daily PDB - nor have the ever question the legitimacy of what their National Security experts tell them.


Like I said upthread, god forbid we do have another 9/11. How can he possibly be "prepared" if he does not bother to listen to his experts or read up on the ongoing National Security threats we face?
 
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Well, i'm saying that GW bush back in the days kind of ignored / brushed off intelligence from the FBI, indicating that a potential air plane attack on the WTC is very possible, likely and imminent.

That is just silly hyperpartisan revisionist history.


That ignorance is pretty much the same as skipping / not having intelligence briefings to begin with.

And the outcome were "changed circumstances", to which the President then had to immediately react (in this cae, planes buildings).

So yes, I am saying Trump is an irresponsible know-nothing.

But you didn't call obama one when he skipped his.... *shrug*