The report also shows that Trump has received only two briefings since winning the election two weeks ago.
I guess this should not be unexpected from the man who said during the election “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.”
Trump's Vice President-elect Mike Pence, on the other hand, has made time for the briefings every day since the election.
Despite rumors of Trump being overwhelmed by his situation members of Trump's team say the president-elect is instead been focused on the transition and selecting the members of the administration's Cabinet. They maintain that he still has plenty of time to get up to speed on the international affairs and security threats before he takes office.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a senior member of Trump’s transition team, dismissed the issue saying he is not concerned...
“National security is Donald Trump’s No. 1 priority and I think he’s taking it very seriously. Look how many leaders he’s met with, how many phone calls he’s done, positions he’s filled. People who are being critical need to get a life.”
Get a life indeed!
Critics say Trump, who has no foreign policy and national security experience, should be taking the opportunity to study security issues.
Former deputy CIA director Michael Morell told the Post...
“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,”
The president-elect is missing out on a golden opportunity to learn about the national security threats and challenges facing our nation... knowledge that would be extremely valuable to have when he takes the oath of office and when he steps into the Situation Room for the first time.”
The only recent President that was even close to being as far behind in receiving his intelligence briefings was George W. Bush who didn't begin receiving the briefings until Dec. 5, but that was due to the drawn out Florida recall. That being said Dubya's foreign and domestic policy disasters aren't something the citizens of this country would soon like to repeat any time soon.
Alas, for those of us who assumed that Vice President-Elect Mike Pence would actually be the one to have to run the country if Trump got elected I think we are being proven correct... And perhaps that is a good thing.