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PopWrapped | Politics

Donald Trump Claims To Be Too Smart To Need Daily Briefings

Kristina Atienza | PopWrapped Author

Kristina Atienza

Updated 12/20/2016 3:03pm
Donald Trump Claims To Be Too Smart To Need Daily Briefings | briefings
Media Courtesy of Consequence Of Sound

There is less than two months until Donald Trump gets sworn in as the 45th President of United States of America.

From his cabinet choices to meeting with celebrities, some of the country is a little bit concerned for how well prepared Trump is for his new job.

According to a recent interview, Trump said that he doesn't receive the daily intelligence briefing. Instead, the President-elect says he only goes once a week to go when he needs it.

"I'm, like, a smart person," said Trump in the aired Fox News Sunday interview. "I don't need to be told the same thing every day, every morning -- same words. I don't need that."

Trump's incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus says otherwise. A few days after Trump's admission of missing the briefings, Priebus said that the future president is receiving intelligence briefings daily.

"He's very prepared," said Priebus. "We spend all day, every day in his office, every half hour meeting with someone different, whether it be about world affairs, whether it be domestic issues, interviews for cabinet positions."

President Barack Obama claims that ignoring the daily briefing is like "flying blind." Obama has been criticized in the past for missing some of his daily briefs while in office but is also reported to have briefings six days a week.

"It doesn't matter how smart you are," said Obama. "You have to have the best information possible to make the best decisions possible."

After the President-elect's recent meeting with Kanye West, some members of national organizations are not happy with the future president's failure to meet with other leaders or attend briefings. While the president elect's transition team met with over 30 veteran service organizations to discuss their concerns in the upcoming administration, Trump was not in attendance.

Jon Soltz, leader of VoteVets.org, issued a statement about the President-elect's ability to meet with Kanye but not even attend his briefings.

"Donald Trump believes it is more important to meet with Kanye West than receive security briefings," state Soltz. "Our troops deserve better than that from a commander-in-chief. This is not funny; it is not okay."

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