Donald J. Trump may be the smartest President-elect in history or so he says. According to this Reuter‘s report, he is receiving only one presidential intelligence briefing per week on an average. Although it is not necessary for President-elects to attend the President’s Daily Brief – a highly classified document – most President-elects prefer to receive these briefings in order to prepare themselves for office. U.S officials say that Trump is receiving much less than his predecessors.
Trump, who has no previous military or political experience, defended himself on Fox News Sunday saying he’s a “smart person” and added, “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years”. We hope this isn’t a not-so-subtle hint that may be running for President at the end of his yet-to-begin term. We doubt the world can withstand another election campaign from Donald Trump.
The 70-year-old real estate mogul also tried to assuage the American public’s fears by saying that “good people” are giving him the briefings and that if needed, he shall be “available on one minute’s notice”. But since he is a busy man (he is President-elect after all) he doesn’t need to be told the same thing over and over again. “I get it when I need it,” he said. “Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again. I don’t need that,” he told Fox News Sunday‘s Chris Wallace.
Current Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president-elect, has been receiving regular intelligence briefings at least six days a week, reports Reuters.