Panetta: Trump Risks Blame for Any Attacks on U.S. If He Skips Intel Briefings
Speaking Wednesday in Dubai, former CIA director Leon Panetta had a response to President-elect Donald Trump's refusal to take all of his security briefings.
"If we endure another attack and the intelligence officials had indications or information regarding that attack, and the president did not want to listen to that, for whatever reason, the responsibility for that attack would fall on the president," Panetta told the Arab Strategy Forum.
Panetta, who was CIA director and defense secretary during President Barack Obama's first term, went on to say that Trump's aversion to receiving the briefings "can't last."
According to U.S. officials, Trump has only received briefings about once per week, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence receives correspondence at least six times per week.
"You know, I'm a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day." Trump said in an interview with Chris Wallace that aired Sunday on Fox News Channel. "But I do say, if something should change, let us know."
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