Trump refuses to read written intelligence reports and instead insists that the information is told him in an oral briefing. Intelligence experts note that Trump will be unprepared to respond to a crisis because he has not read vital information.
The Washington Post reported:
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 president’s daily intelligence briefing is released before dawn each day, but Trump doesn’t have someone tell him about it until 11 AM. The president is not the raw unfiltered information that he needs. The briefing is boiled down for him so that he is getting a simpleton version of the report each day. Trump is getting the real story. He is receiving what the people around him think he needs to know.
There is going to be a crisis or terrorist attack or something unexpected that will happen and Trump is not going to prepared. Innocent Americans are going to lose their lives because Trump can’t or doesn’t want to read.
It was bad enough that Donald Trump was asleep as the government shut down for the second time in three weeks. It is even worse that Trump is going to get people killed because he is too lazy to read a report.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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