Donald Trump has been dodging classified security briefings, but Mike Pence has been all over them.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 2:23 AM
You apparently don’t need intelligence to make America great again.
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly been dodging classified intelligence briefings and only received two since his election over two weeks ago — a notably lower frequency as compared to his predecessors. Mike Pence, meanwhile, has received briefings almost every single day since the election, according to both current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Post on Wednesday.
“Trump has a lot of catching up to do,” a senior official who receives daily briefings told the newspaper.
As mandated, a team of military officials and intelligence analysts has been prepped to deliver daily briefings on global conflicts and security threats to the President-elect. But even though he has no actual national security experience, Trump has only showed up for two briefings — one a couple of days after his election win, and another on Tuesday before he departed to Florida for Thanksgiving.
Even though he has no actual national security experience, Trump has only showed up to two briefings since his election win.
The President-elect’s transition team did not return a request for comment from the Daily News Wednesday, but has previously said Trump has had such a crammed schedule since getting elected that he simply hasn’t had time for briefings.
“National security is Donald Trump’s number one priority and I think he’s taking it very seriously,” senior transition team member Devin Nunes said recently. “Look how many leaders he’s met with, how many phone calls he’s done, positions he’s filled.”
But some have interpreted Trump’s indifference as a sign of him making good on comments he made during the campaign about not needing briefings since U.S. intelligence agencies have “made such bad decisions” in the past.
Pence, meanwhile, has received briefings almost every single day since the election.
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“The last three Presidents-elect used the intelligence briefings offered during the transition to literally study the national security issues that they would be facing and the world leaders with whom they would be interacting as president,” said former deputy CIA director Michael Morrel, who supported Hillary Clinton. “The President-elect is missing out on a golden opportunity.”
Before the Republican National Convention in July, the President-elect’s son, Eric Trump, reportedly called up Ohio Gov. John Kasich and asked if he was interested in becoming “the most powerful vice president in history” and be in charge of both foreign and domestic policy. When Kasich, who had just dropped out of the race, asked what his father’s role would be on such an administration, Eric Trump simply replied, “making America great again.”