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.

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Donald Trump Says He Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefing Because He’s Smart

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.”

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