REACT: Trump Says He Doesn't Need Intel Briefings Every Day
President-elect Donald Trump explained on "Fox News Sunday" that he would not be taking the daily intelligence briefings, instead leaving that responsibility to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
"I don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day. ... But I do say if something should change, let us know," Trump said in the interview, which aired Sunday on Fox News Channel.
The President's Daily Brief, a top secret document given to the president at 7:45 a.m. each morning, provides a summary of security developments from all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.
A.B. Stoddard, associate editor for RealClearPolitics.com, joined "Shepard Smith Reporting" Monday to discuss Trump's decision to forego the briefing, which has raised some eyebrows around Washington.
"Donald Trump...has decided that Mike Pence is better suited to ingest all this intelligence on a daily basis about our varying threats and updates that our commander-in-chief requires because he is not interested in these briefings," Stoddard said. "If he was, he would be taking them."
Pence has been receiving briefings six times per week, while Trump has been receiving one update per week. "I get it when I need it," Trump said.
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