Donald Trump doesn’t believe all nonsense about Russia interfering with the election to help him out. The President-elect made the comments to Fox News Sunday host, Chris Wallace on 11 December. Trump has received the briefings on a weekly basis since his historic election victory last month and said the daily updates would be heard by his vice president, Mike Pence.
In 2014, the Republican took to Twitter to accuse Barack Obama of neither reading his intelligence briefings, nor hearing them in person. “Too busy I guess!” he wrote.
Fact–Obama does not read his intelligence briefings nor does he get briefed in person by the CIA or DOD. Too busy I guess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2014
Explaining his view on the matter, Trump told Wallace: “I get it when I need it.” He added: “These are very good people that are giving me the briefings. And I say: ‘If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on one-minute’s notice.’
“I don’t have to be told – you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years – but eight years. I don’t need that.”
Reuters reported Friday that Trump was only taking once-a-week sit-downs on highly-classified information about vital U.S. concerns. The briefings typically include highly confidential information, such as secrets about U.S. espionage sources and covert operations overseas, and material prepared by the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and other parts of the U.S. intelligence community.
Meanwhile, President Trump confirmed that his running mate, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and his generals are receiving the intelligence briefings more frequently.
“And I’m being briefed also,” he said, “but if they’re going to come in and tell me the exact same thing that they tell me – you know, it doesn’t change, necessarily.
“Now, there will be times where it might change. I mean, there will be some very fluid situations. I’ll be there not every day, but more than that. But I don’t need to be told, Chris, the same thing every day, every morning – same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.’ I don’t need that.”