Trump: I Don’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefings Because “I’m 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," 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.