Obama: President without briefings is ‘flying blind’

Published 9:35 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama has criticized Donald Trump for saying he plans to shun daily intelligence briefings once inaugurated, saying that would be akin to “flying blind” in managing national security affairs.

Appearing Monday evening on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Obama said it would be a mistake for a president to pass on regular briefings from the intelligence community.

Trump had said on “Fox News Sunday” he is not interested in getting daily intelligence briefings, a practice that’s been a fixture for chief executives of both parties for several years. Asked whether he’s actually rejecting valuable intelligence, Trump was defiant.

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“I get it when I need it,” he said of the top-secret briefings sessions, adding that he’s leaving it up to the briefers to decide when a development represents a “change” big enough to notify him.

“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,” Trump said.