Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shortly after the election, President Obama approved daily intelligence briefings for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. It was obviously the responsible thing to do: the Republican ticket will soon be sworn into office, and Obama wants them to be up to speed so they're prepared the moment they're in positions of responsibility.

President-elect Donald Trump has had only two intelligence briefings since he won the election more than two weeks ago, intelligence sources told NBC News on Wednesday – a much lower number than his predecessors had and fewer even than Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
A Washington Post report added that 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," but he's passed on all but two meetings. Pence, on the other hand, "has set aside time for intelligence briefings almost every day since the election."

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Asked about this yesterday on CNN, Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager and spokesperson, said she "can't discuss" how many briefings the president-elect has turned down, but she insisted that Trump is "engaged" and "brilliant." Conway added that Trump is "availing himself of the information as provided to him from a number of sources."

I'm not entirely sure what that means, but it warrants some follow-up. What other "sources" might Trump be listening to? If U.S. intelligence agencies aren't enough for the president-elect, who else, specifically, is providing him with "information"?

This isn't entirely new, by the way. After Trump won the Republican nomination, and he was scheduled to start receiving intelligence briefings, he was asked about whether he'd trust the information he receives. "Not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country," the Republican said at the time, adding, in reference to U.S. intelligence agencies, "I won't use them because they've made such bad decisions."

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Trump proves over and over just how unqualified he is to be POTUS.

Twitter wars with CNN and NY Times take priority over national security meetings.

He is worse than I even imagined. Good going wing dings, you elected a gem.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-29 07:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

We can thank all you alt-lefties for creating the perfect storm that allowed this Abatross to be elected in the first place.

#2 | Posted by Daniel at 2016-11-29 07:35 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

#2 You morons nominated him and then elected him. Blaming the left for your stupidity is just stupid. You were warned. You chose to use fake email scandals as a reason to elect a moron. Don't blame the left for your failure to see the truth.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-29 08:35 AM | Reply

"We don't need no stinking intelligence"

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2016-11-29 09:16 AM | Reply

We can thank all you alt-lefties for creating the perfect storm that allowed this Abatross to be elected in the first place.
#2 | Posted by Daniel

Riiiight.
It's our fault bozos like you voted for the guy.
So much for the Partay of Personal Responsibility.
Pathetic.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-11-29 09:39 AM | Reply

We can thank all you alt-lefties for creating the perfect storm that allowed this Abatross to be elected in the first place.

#2 | Posted by Daniel

He hasn't even been sworn in yet and it's already the "alt-left's" (WTF is that? Idiot...) fault.

You morons are certifiable. Nothing is ever your fault. Your ---- lot in life isn't your fault. Your repeatedly failed ideas failing aren't your fault. Trump isn't your fault.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2016-11-29 02:32 PM | Reply

"Pence, on the other hand, "has set aside time for intelligence briefings almost every day since the election."

No surprise there. Let's not forget that John Kasich claims that when Trump Jr. floated the VP offer that they said the VP would be "in charge of all domestic and foreign policy"

#7 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2016-11-29 04:36 PM | Reply

"We can thank all you alt-lefties for creating the perfect storm that allowed this Abatross [sic] to be elected in the first place.

#2 | POSTED BY DANIEL AT 2016-11-29 07:35 AM"

We have a late entry for the dumbest comment of the year award.

#8 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2016-11-29 04:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Why should he bother? A briefing would just be a bunch of facts that he would ignore. Who needs facts when you've got opinions?

#9 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2016-11-29 05:08 PM | Reply

Has president-elect palpatine killed the jedi yet? Just checking...

#10 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2016-11-29 05:10 PM | Reply

LOL! You guys are so easy to manipulate it should be a crime. For you tools, I did not vote for this evil or the other one. Enjoy your hate, it explains why you were so blindsided.

#11 | Posted by Daniel at 2016-11-29 06:23 PM | Reply

You're still an idiot, DANIEL, blaming the left for Trump. That was just an idiotic thing to say. The "perfect storm" part was funny, though.

#12 | Posted by squinch at 2016-11-29 09:28 PM | Reply

#11 I bet you also did not vote for W twice either. I have to admit, the regret amnesia is kicking in pretty quickly this time. Last time it took 7 and 1/2 years for the amnesia to surface.

#13 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-30 08:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

He is worse than I even imagined. Good going wing dings, you elected a gem.

#1 | Posted by 726

But when little o skips them that is just fine with you.

#14 | Posted by Sniper at 2016-11-30 05:23 PM | Reply

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