Sunday, December 11, 2016

Trump says "I'm, like, a smart person and don't need daily intelligence briefings"

Excessive prideful arrogance is going to do him in.  I hope it happens before he takes our whole country with him.


WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview airing Sunday that he doesn't need to receive a daily intelligence briefing, stating he only gets the briefing when he needs it.

"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," Trump said in an interview airing on "Fox News Sunday." "I don't need to be told ... the same thing every day, every morning ― same words. 'Sir, nothing has changed. Let's go over it again.' I don't need that."

Trump is reportedly only receiving an intelligence briefing just once a week. The president-elect said the people who are giving him the briefings are "very good people" and that he was always available if something changed. He also said that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was receiving the briefings. 

President Barack Obama has a briefing six days a week.


No one ever suggested Donald Trump is a patient, meditative, reflective decision-maker, but more and more his impulsive behavior and unwillingness or incapability to focus is raising concerns about how he would run the White House.

"I think he's definitely got attention deficit disorder. That doesn't mean he isn't really smart — it just means he's not at his best when he's asked to dwell on a topic," Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio told Politico.

Trump has offered conflicting thoughts on his own ability to focus, claiming both "I have an attention span that's as long as it has to be" to Time last year, and outright admitting "my attention span is short" in his 1990 book Surviving at the Top.

This much is clear though: Trump would certainly be a contrast to the current president, "a reader by disposition and a lawyer by training who stays up late plowing through 'an insane amount of paper,'" Politico writes. George W. Bush also "read volumes of material every night." But Trump has said he doesn't like long reports: "Send me, like, three pages," he told Washington Post reporters of his briefing preferences. And on reading in general, he says he "doesn't have much time."

Jack O'Donnell, who served as one of Trump's Atlantic City casino executives, has seen how this works out, at least in the business world. (Not well. Trump's casino went bankrupt.)  O'Donnell recalled that when he worked for successful casino magnate Steve Wynn, the two would have eight- or nine-hour meetings.

That wasn't how Trump did things. "He would talk for a few minutes and then change the subject," O'Donnell said. "I don't think he has the capacity to listen."