The left is pretending to be concerned that Trump doesn’t see the absolute necessity of President’s Daily Briefings (PDB).
As it turns out, the President-elect is getting the PDB about three times a week. In addition, he’s being briefed everyday by his National Security Advisor retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Trump said in an interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace that he didn’t see a need to hear the same thing everyday.
“I get it when I need it,” Trump stated. “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.”
The RNC’s Chief Strategist and Communications Director Sean Spicer stated, “Every single day, he’s getting a briefing.” In addition, “three times a week” he receives the official PDB.
In 2012, President Obama came under fire for “skipping” PDBs. The information was based on the president’s official daily schedule, which showed that the President had only attended a PDB less than half the time he had been in office.
While the White House via Jay Carney – remember him? – didn’t dispute the numbers, they clarified that while the President may not have attended the PDBs in person, he still had the documents given to him on a daily basis, and was constantly being given updates.
George W. Bush preferred to be briefed every single day in person.
Obama doesn’t really feel like he has to be there in person every day.
And apparently, President Nixon hated in-person briefings and preferred that the documents be sent to the Oval Office everday, “only for a ‘stack’ of them to be later returned to the CIA, unopened,” according to former CIA briefer David Priess.
Every president seems to have different styles and preferences. And Trump will have his own.
The President-elect is by no means required to attend PDBs. And he’s certainly not expected to appear in the Oval Office in person every single day to hear them. But it’s become a tradition ever since the PDB has existed – since JFK – for the President-elect to be included in the daily intel briefings to prepare him for his role as Commander-in-Chief.
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