Super Stupid

Briefings for Dummies

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Mother Jones has obtained a memo circulated among the intelligence community that, in so many words, says Trump's intelligence briefings should be dumbed down.

Trump apparently receives only a fraction of the information that previous president's received because that's all he can handle.

The classified guidance, which was reviewed by Mother Jones, suggests that President Donald Trump's daily national security briefing contains far less information than the daily reports presented by the intelligence community to past presidents—and about a quarter of the information President Barack Obama received. [...]

Presumably, the memo's guidelines—less material, less nuance, less dissent—were developed in response to Trump's reactions to the materials he has received. If the memo does not reflect direct instructions from Trump or his aides to the intelligence community, it is a reflection of the assumptions senior intelligence officials have developed about how best to present information to Trump.

Perhaps more disturbingly, Trump's briefings reportedly include no dissenting opinions and only reflect the conclusions of the analysts who prepare them.

There have been reports that the intelligence community deliberately withholds some information from Trump because they believe the White House has been compromised.

That may be the case but, in any event, it seems to me there wouldn't be enough space in Trump's daily briefing to include that information even if they were inclined to share it.

"I'm, like, a smart person." --Donald Trump

  • Aynwrong

    Kakistocracy kak·is·toc·ra·cies. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

    As I said the other day, the last time we had an incompetent president that didn’t like to read lengthy briefings & memos the country suffered the worst terrorist attack in it’s history. The relentless endorsement of stupidity by Republican voters is the greatest scandal in American history and should be treated and reported as such.

  • Aynwrong

    This is the best depiction I’ve seen yet of Trump’s arguments regarding leaks showing his collision with Russia. Just felt like sharing.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Right. The problem is never that they’re committing treason. The real crime is that someone is pointing it out.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump’s intelligence briefings are indeed brief:

    [W]hile Mr. Obama liked policy option papers that were three to six single-spaced pages, council staff members are now being told to keep papers to a single page, with lots of graphics and maps.

    “The president likes maps,” one official said.

    “The president likes maps.” Good lord.


  • Draxiar

    I’m constantly amazed at how people actually think this guy is doing great. “He’s cutting deals on the golf course.” I heard a coworker say. Dear God…

    • And how the fuck is that a “good thing”?! You don’t discuss national security issues and trade issues or anything of national importance on the effing golf course. Do they have no clue about how easy it would be to spy on them? My God, sometimes I think the people in this country are too stupid to live.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Plus, of course, taking any time to golf was a terrible misuse of the President’s time … back when Obama was President.

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    WRONG!!! Rump is nothing like a smart person! Nothing at all like one!