Donald Trump acknowledged Sunday that he’s receiving intelligence briefings less frequently than other President-elects have in the past, explaining that he doesn’t “have to be told” of the critical session’s findings because he’s “a smart person.”
In a wide-ranging interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Trump, who is receiving the briefings on a weekly basis, seemed to suggest that he should only be briefed when there is new material.
“I get it when I need it,” he explained to Fox’s Chris Wallace. “These are very good people that are giving me the briefings. And I say, ‘If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on one-minute’s notice.”
“I don’t have to be told — you know, 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. Could be eight years — but eight years. I don’t need that,” Trump continued.
“But I do say, ‘If something should change, let us know,'” he said.
Trump went on to suggest that it’s not necessary for him to receive the briefings with the daily frequency that many past President-elects have had because other key advisers are getting the same info.