President-elect Donald Trump says he doesn’t need the daily intelligence briefing because “I’m like, a smart person,” the New York Times reports.
Trump said the briefings was often repetitive and that he would take it “when I need it,” but noted that vice president Mike Pence would receive the daily briefing.
Said Trump: “You know, 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.”
He said he had instructed officials who give the briefing: “‘If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on a one-minute’s notice.’”
Um, George W. Bush didn’t seem to take the daily intelligence briefing serious either — 9/11 happened on his watch. This mindset is both dangerous and ignorance. He needs to know what’s going on in the world. This isn’t the vice president’s job.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said it best: “Smart people listen to those around them. It’s the stupid people who think they already know everything.”
Smart people listen to those around them. It's the stupid people who think they already know everything. https://t.co/aKWdE8LauK
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) December 11, 2016
More reaction on Twitter:
— Bill Madden (@activist360) December 11, 2016
How about you go to an intelligence briefing, oh wait that would blow your plausible deniability defense of Your partner Putin. https://t.co/bd3FL9ViXO
— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) December 10, 2016
Trump says he doesn’t need intelligence briefings because “I’m a smart person.” God save us.
— Touré (@Toure) December 11, 2016