During the campaign, Donald Trump actually said that he would pay no attention to our intelligence agencies and no one really believed him. Now they’re starting to, as he bashes the CIA for putting out a report he doesn’t like and says he’s too smart to need intelligence briefings every day.
He also indicated that as president, he would not take the daily intelligence briefing that President Obama and his predecessors have received. Mr. Trump, who has received the briefing sparingly as president-elect, said that it was often repetitive and that he would take it “when I need it.” He said his vice president, Mike Pence, would receive the daily briefing.
“You know, I’m, like, a smart person,” he said. “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”
He added that he had instructed the officials who give the briefing: “‘If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on a one-minute’s notice.’”
The real reason has been given to us by the men who were biographers or ghost writers for his books: He simply does not have the attention span for it. The only thing that keeps his attention for any period of time is self-aggrandizement. He’ll talk on a subject all day if he gets constant applause and adoration for it. For anything else, his attention span is precisely 140 characters long.