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Thursday, November 24, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has received two classified intelligence briefings since his surprise election victory earlier this month, a frequency that is notably lower -- at least so far -- than that of his predecessors, current and former U.S. officials said. A team of intelligence analysts has been prepared to deliver daily briefings on global developments and security threats to Trump in the two weeks since he won. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, by contrast, has set aside time for intelligence briefings almost every day since the election, officials said. Some have interpreted Trump's limited engagement with his briefing team as an additional sign of indifference from a president-elect who has no meaningful experience on national security issues and was dismissive of U.S. intelligence agencies' capabilities and findings during the campaign.

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A senior U.S. official who receives the same briefing delivered to President Obama each day said that devoting time to such sessions would help Trump get up to speed on world events. "Trump has a lot of catching up to do," the official said. Trump was given an initial briefing within days of his election victory, and took part in a second session with senior U.S. intelligence analysts Tuesday in New York before he departed to Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday, officials said. Trump turned other briefing opportunities away.

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The warning signs are already ringing alarms all over the world. Doesn't our President-elect realize that the leaders of other nations both friendly and hostile to US interests also receive briefings about what Trump is doing too? We've seen this movie before and it was called 9/11 and the smoking gun was the PDB from August 9th, a month prior to the attacks.

But he has plenty of time to forward his family's and his business partner's interests per stories breaking from media sources all over the globe where the Trump footprint exists. Don't miss the forest for the trees, Trump's business appears to be more of a priority than America's at least as it regards his personal attention to global affairs outside of the enrichment and furtherance of his own brand.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-24 05:01 AM | Reply

Trump Too Busy for Daily Intelligence Briefings

Amatuer hour has begun.

It's going to be a long 4 years.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2016-11-24 07:37 AM | Reply

"I know more about "intelligence" than the "briefers" do." - trump

#3 | Posted by YAV at 2016-11-24 07:52 AM | Reply

He has more important things to think about than national security? And some of you voted for this clown. Defend this. Will we even survive a Trump Presidency? It's actually questionable.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2016-11-24 08:43 AM | Reply

Trump is out there making America great again. Mike Pence is going to be in charge of foreign and domestic policy so Trump doesn't really need to bother with any intelligence briefings.
/sarc

BTW, his supporters don't believe this story for a second.

#5 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2016-11-24 09:15 AM | Reply

The briefings would just be a bunch of facts that he's going to ignore anyway. So why waste his time?

#6 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2016-11-24 10:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They should just tweet the briefings, problem solved.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2016-11-24 11:25 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Start Googling obama missing security briefings, and that was when he was the president. I remember that being in the news awhile back.

#8 | Posted by MSgt at 2016-11-24 11:50 AM | Reply

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, by contrast, has set aside time for intelligence briefings almost every day since the election, officials said

Trump has already admitted he has no plans on presiding and intends to let his VP run the nation.

There's the proof.

Congratulations to President Pence.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2016-11-24 12:27 PM | Reply

Start Googling obama missing security briefings, and that was when he was the president. I remember that being in the news awhile back.

#8 | POSTED BY MSGT AT 2016-11-24 11:50 AM | FLAG:

I remember this. I think it ended up being that he got them in another way while he was traveling and wasn't missing the information, only the sit down.

Is going to be hard to convince anyone who reads that Obama wasn't very serious about security.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2016-11-24 01:52 PM | Reply

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I get so sick and tired of this idiocy. Obama spends 3-4 hours every evening pouring through daily briefings and sending orders to his staff based upon what he finds. Anyone saying that Obama is lax about this nation's security and his own responsibilities as President is a blind partisan who never bothers to read anything but detractive material about him.

Msgt is only further showing his ignorance of common knowledge over the last 8 years.

Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone

Almost every night that he is in the White House, Mr. Obama has dinner at 6:30 with his wife and daughters and then withdraws to the Treaty Room, his private office down the hall from his bedroom on the second floor of the White House residence. There, his closest aides say, he spends four or five hours largely by himself.

He works on speeches. He reads the stack of briefing papers delivered at 8 p.m. by the staff secretary. He reads 10 letters from Americans chosen each day by his staff. By 8 p.m., the usher's office delivers the president's leather-bound daily briefing book -- a large binder accompanied by a tall stack of folders with memos and documents from across the government, all demanding the president's attention. "An insane amount of paper," Mr. Kass said.

Mr. Obama often reads through it in a leather swivel chair at his tablelike desk, under a portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant. Windows on each side of Grant look out on the brightly lit Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-24 02:03 PM | Reply

America Second!

#12 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2016-11-24 05:24 PM | Reply

The alt-right retards setting up another 9/11 style false flag operation perhaps???
It was very profitable for them last time.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2016-11-24 05:47 PM | Reply

For Msgt:

Let's take a look at how the last three presidents handled getting intelligence briefings during the transition period between their early November election and their inauguration on January 20th.

President Bill Clinton got his first post-race briefing on Nov. 13, 1992 -- 10 days after the election. He received daily intelligence briefings almost every working day of the rest of the transition time in Little Rock.

President George W. Bush's first briefing was delayed until Dec. 5 because of the Florida election recount. But Bush, whose father had served as CIA director, asked for daily briefings for the remainder of the transition.

After his election in 2008, President Obama took part not only in regular intelligence briefings but also scheduled "deep dives" on key subjects including Iran's nuclear program and covert CIA operations, including the accelerating campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan.

"During the transition, President Obama was an avid consumer of intelligence," said retired Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who was CIA director when Obama was elected.

This is not how Donald Trump is handling things. He has so far refused to sit own with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. He has received only two briefings. washingtonmonthly.com

Got it now?

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-24 07:44 PM | Reply

Waiting for Msgt to respond to his smackdown.
Here, MSG, I have a bottle of aloe lotion for your burn.

#15 | Posted by e1g1 at 2016-11-24 08:18 PM | Reply

He has so far refused to sit own with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. He has received only two briefings.

Isn't Clapper leaving....

#15 | POSTED BY E1G1

Don't sweat it, he isn't even president yet....

#16 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2016-11-24 08:42 PM | Reply

Don't sweat it, he isn't even president yet....

So he should wait until inauguration to become acquainted with ever-changing, ongoing intelligence?

Why do you think Presidents get briefings every single day Andrea? The world continually changes as do options on what we can do about them. Face it, you don't think, you spew nonsense that could get people killed.

Trump has zero experience within government and zero idea how to do the job of President and his lack of concern in this regard is evidence of that fact. I want the person making life and death decisions to have given more than a passing thought to the topics on which they might have to act instead of being more focused on his personal business interests and upon whatever raises his ire on early morning Twitter fits.

It says quite a bit about you in that you appear to be oblivious to the needs of this nation beyond rooting for your preferred party. He ran to be POTUS and the ALL the responsibilities began upon his victory to the extent that he does his utmost to be prepared for January 20th.

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-24 09:00 PM | Reply

Facts are for losers, Trump proved that.
Terrorist attacks are good for the righties, so why pay attention to threats when reacting to attacks is so much more rewarding.
If we eliminate threats how is the MIC going to justify the money they get?

Similarly, why discourage crime by ending the drug war, why reduce crime by rehabilitating criminals, when incarceration is such good business and felons can't vote.

Make the 1% rape again.

#18 | Posted by bored at 2016-11-25 03:33 AM | Reply

He's not getting American briefings. Remember he doesn't trust American intelligence. He has a good brain, gets lots of info from watching the shows and I'm sure his master, Putin, will be happy to fill in any gaps with Russian propaganda/intel.

#19 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2016-11-25 04:54 AM | Reply

Stop living in fear democrats.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2016-11-25 07:45 AM | Reply

#11
"His closest aides say"??? LOL

#21 | Posted by homerj at 2016-11-25 10:09 AM | Reply

verse 8 of Psalm 109

#22 | Posted by Tor at 2016-11-25 01:16 PM | Reply

I assumed Obama's foreign policy was so disastrous due to his ignorance, if he is so well informed he intentionally is trying destabilize the world.

#23 | Posted by visitor_ at 2016-11-25 04:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There isn't anything here that says Trump isn't receiving the briefings, could be going over them just like Obama but just isn't in the morning sit down.

#25 | Posted by Crassus at 2016-11-25 11:03 PM | Reply

Um, the briefing IS the morning sit down.

#26 | Posted by REDIAL at 2016-11-25 11:29 PM | Reply

he intelligence community exaggerates all threats. Its good for their budgets. Yet they miss the real ones constantly. If only we give them more money they will look into this problem.

#27 | Posted by nutcase at 2016-11-26 08:20 AM | Reply

You're assuming that they miss intelligence, but in reality unless you have the clearance to receive what the POTUS does, you have no earthly idea. Nutcase, I get it, and I understand your points nominally. But you have a huge whole in your arguments, and that hole is that while you rail against the known, you have no idea how the publicly unknowns impacted the decisions of our our leadership. Inaction by the US may have the capability of negatively altering the course of events far more deleteriously than what appears to be a wrong action actually taken.

This is why it is more important to me to trust both the person making the ultimate decisions and those around him advising him about the options available particularly if every view is given its proper consideration writ large. There are far too many 'no win' scenarios in today's world and I find it counterproductive to continually point out mistakes without recognizing that every option may be fraught with its own unique blowback potential. Our enemies do not sit idly by as we try to manipulate events in our favor, and they openly and covertly assist many who actively thwart our efforts. Such is the world we live in.

At the end of the day, all we can criticize is the decision-making process itself when it's dominated by ideologues rigidly wedded to only their preferred way of doing things. The judgment characteristics of our leader is all that we have the opportunity of voting on. After that, it's up to them and they should be criticized when they make mistakes. We have to trust they're making the best decision they can at the time even if it turns out badly in hindsight.

#28 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-26 08:37 AM | Reply

Sounds like the is using Bushhole's play book. What is it with frat boys and their inability to follow protocol.

erse 8 of Psalm 109

#22 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2016-11-25 01:16 PM REPLY | FLAG PPPPFFFTTTT

I think you mean 2 Corinthians 3 :17

#29 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2016-11-26 12:37 PM | Reply

At the end of the day, all we can criticize is the decision-making process itself when it's dominated by ideologues rigidly wedded to only their preferred way of doing things. The judgment characteristics of our leader is all that we have the opportunity of voting on. After that, it's up to them and they should be criticized when they make mistakes. We have to trust they're making the best decision they can at the time even if it turns out badly in hindsight.

#28 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2016-11-26 08:37 AM | FLAG: BULL$#!+

It would be nice if the clowns were attracted to one who's attention span surpassed that of a gnat.

From the " One Percent Doctrine"

The alarming August 6, 2001, memo from the CIA to the President -- "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US" -- has been widely noted in the past few years.

But, also in August, CIA analysts flew to Crawford to personally brief the President -- to intrude on his vacation with face-to-face alerts.

The analytical arm of CIA was in a kind of panic mode at this point. Other intelligence services, including those from the Arab world, were sounding an alarm. The arrows were all in the red. They didn't know the place or time of an attack, but something was coming. The President needed to know.

[...]

He's not much of a reader, this President, and never has been, despite White House efforts to trumpet which serious books he is reading at various times. ... But he's a very good listener and an extremely visual listener. He sizes people up swiftly and aptly, watches them carefully, and trusts his eyes.

[...]

The trap, of course, is that while these tactile, visceral markers can be crucial -- especially in terms of handling the posturing of top officials -- they sometimes are not. The thing to focus on, at certain moments, is what someone says, not who is saying it, or how they're saying it.

And, at an eyeball-to-eyeball intelligence briefing during this urgent summer, George W. Bush seems to have made the wrong choice.

He looked hard at the panicked CIA briefer.

"All right," he said. "You've covered your ass, now."

The clownbrigade is all over Clinton for email servers... whereas in the end nothing happened and this person whose behavior is absolutely unacceptable was put into office to clean that up.

You people can all go to hell.

#30 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2016-11-26 12:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#28 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2016-11-26 08:37 AM | FLAG: BULL$#!+

Obviously I'm referring to those interesting in presiding from a baseline of informed competence, not oblivious indifference.

#31 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-26 12:57 PM | Reply

interested, not interesting.

#32 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-26 12:58 PM | Reply

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