Child President

Report: Trump Doesn’t Read His Intelligence Briefings

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We already knew that intelligence officials have augmented their intelligence briefings with pictures in an attempt to get Trump to pay attention, but the Washington Post reports that several months after he began receiving a daily briefing he swore off reading any piece of paper placed in front of him.

Moreover, Trump reportedly sneers at the officials responsible for delivering his daily briefing.

Trump has opted to rely on an oral briefing of select intelligence issues in the Oval Office rather than getting the full written document delivered to review separately each day, according to three people familiar with his briefings.

Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred “style of learning,” according to a person with knowledge of the situation. [...]

Another person familiar with the briefing process said that, at times, Trump has been dismissive of his briefers. He has shaken his head, frowned and complained that the briefers were “talking down to him,” this person said.

The Daily Beast reported yesterday that Trump often sneered at Staff Secretary Rob Porter because he was responsible for bringing him papers to sign.

That report seemed almost too cliche to be true, but this is a second report from a different source that tells us a very similar story.

In any case, I believe we know what Trump's preferred "style of learning" is. He spends several hours watching Fox & Friends every morning during "executive time" and an hour watching Sean Hannity every night. That is his intelligence briefing.

  • katanahamon

    Embarrassing F’er. Hate this..human. Not releasing the dem memo is just the icing on the shitcake.

  • Draxiar

    Samantha Bee had it right all along…he’s illiterate.

  • muselet

    Laziest man living being alive ever.


  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Talk down to him? A toddler would have no choice BUT to talk down to him.

  • Aynwrong

    He has shaken his head, frowned and complained that the briefers were “talking down to him,” this person said.

    “Now Donald, this is a picture of a tactical nuke. We don’t want those being smuggled over the border. They go BOOM BOOM. That would be bad.

    There’s a good President. You want your phone back?”

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  • ninjaf

    Apparently, his briefers aren’t blond and long-legged enough to make it interesting for him.

  • David Greenberg

    Not really a surprise. From everything that has been learned about trump, it would shock me if he read at more than a second grade level.

  • mnpollio

    If he is getting his information from Fox & Friends and Hannity, shouldn’t it be referred to as a “Lack of Intelligence Briefing”?

    • Nefercat

      Unintelligence briefing. Faux briefing.

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  • Username1016

    That Post article was all hand-wringing because he can’t make good decisions if he doesn’t read his briefings. Earth To Washington Post: He wouldn’t make good decisions even if he did read the briefings. Because he’s dumb as a box of rocks.