Donald Trump on Sunday said he’s not interested in getting daily intelligence briefings — an unprecedented public dismissal by a president-elect of the nation’s massive and sophisticated intelligence apparatus.
Trump, who also called a recent CIA assessment of Russian hacking ‘ridiculous’, made the remark as key congressional Republicans joined Democrats in demanding a bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin’s activities.
They also questioned consideration of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson — who has close business ties with Moscow — as head of the State Department.
Asked whether he’s rejecting valuable intelligence on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Trump was defiant.
‘I get it when I need it,’ he said on Fox News 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.