"I Don't Have To Be Told The Same Thing In The Same Words Every Single Day For The Next Eight Years," President-elect Says
President-elect Donald Trump declared Sunday that he doesn't need daily intelligence briefings because he's "a smart person."
Trump has been skipping daily intelligence briefings during his transition. In fact, he had attended only four, or an average of one per week, MSNBC reported this week.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Trump on Sunday about his "skepticism about the intelligence community." Among other things, Trump mocked American intelligence agencies in response to Friday's report that Russia interfered in the election to help him win.
"I get it when I need it," Trump said of intelligence reports. "I don't have to be told — 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. ... But I do say, 'If something should change, let us know.'"
Watch video of the full interview above, and check out reactions from Twitter below.
Trump on Fox News Sunday says he doesn't need daily intelligence briefings as POTUS because he's "smart" pic.twitter.com/OUiKqj8qjV— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) December 11, 2016
This is terrifying https://t.co/Y4h9arXHOO— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) December 11, 2016
Unqualified president-elect has no idea what job entails and is hard set against learning. https://t.co/emoU4IWQua— Jonathan Bernstein (@jbview) December 11, 2016
Presidents say “our generals.” Dictators, aspiring or real, say “my generals.” https://t.co/FRtyofwHqn— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) December 11, 2016
Um, it’s not that kind of intelligence they are passing on. https://t.co/ZyYzMbgGCF— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) December 11, 2016
I'm sure the right wing would have accepted this answer from Obama. https://t.co/EI3RVeVLqv— Teresa (@TeresaKopec) December 11, 2016
Good thing there's never been a head of state felled by hubris https://t.co/bEe6zLWiP0— Bill Scher (@billscher) December 11, 2016
intelligence insists Russia hijacked election--no wonder Trump doesn't want to sit thru intel briefings https://t.co/0B2m7WEBe9— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) December 11, 2016