Report: Trump not very interested in intelligence briefings – USA TODAY
Donald Trump has only made time for two intelligence briefings since becoming the president-elect, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
A team of intelligence analysts has offered to give TrumpÂ daily briefings since his election victory but so far he has turned them away,Â the Post reported. Mike Pence, on the other hand, has made time for the briefings every day since the election.
Members of Trump’s team say the president-elect has been focused on the transition and selecting the members of the administration’s Cabinet and said he still has plenty of time to get up to speed on the international affairs and security threats before he takes office.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who is also a senior member of Trumpâs transition team, told the Post that he is not concerned.
âNational security is Donald Trumpâs No. 1 priority and I think heâs taking it very seriously,â Nunes said. âLook how many leaders heâs met with, how many phone calls heâs done, positions heâs filled. People who are being critical need to get a life.â
Critics say Trump, who has no foreign policy and national security experience, should be taking the opportunity to study security issues.
âThe last three presidents-elect used the intelligence briefings offered during the transition to literally study the national security issues that they would be facing and the world leaders with whom they would be interacting as president,â former deputy CIA director and Hillary Clinton supporter Michael Morell told the Post.
âThe president-elect is missing out on a golden opportunity to learn about the national security threats and challenges facing our nation,â Morell said, âknowledge that would be extremely valuable to have when he takes the oath of office and when he steps into the Situation Room for the first time.â
Trump isn’t as far behind as some other recent president-elects in getting his intelligence briefings. George W. Bush didn’t begin receiving the briefings untilÂ Dec. 5, but that was due to the drawn out Florida recall, and he asked for them every day after that, according to the Post. Obama and Clinton were also avid consumers of the intelligence briefings, the Post reported.