President-elect Donald Trump brushed off concerns that he’s not participating in the traditional daily intelligence and national security briefings that presidents hold every day.
In a rare post-election interview that aired Sunday, Trump argued for why he did not need to receive regular classified intelligence briefings on national security and foreign affairs, saying he told intelligence officials to only brief him when a situation the intelligence community is monitoring changes.
“I get it when I need it,” Trump told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
“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,” the president-elect added. “I don’t need that. But I do say, ‘If something should change, let us know.'”
Trump emphasized that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was receiving daily briefings.
“In the meantime, my generals are great — are being briefed. And Mike Pence is being briefed, who is, by the way, one of my very good decisions,” Trump said, referring to his decision to pick Pence as his VP. “They’re being briefed. And I’m being briefed also.”
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