Popular vote loser Donald Trump is reportedly not intelligent enough to even understand his intelligence briefings, even after they are “dumbed-down” for him by aides and advisers, according to recent reports.
Even after the reports were slimmed down, edited with easier language, and given to Trump in a presentation even an elementary student could understand, he now receives them verbally, because he still doesn’t grasp the information in written form.
Trump “has opted to rely on an oral briefing of select intelligence issues” because reading the brief — which every president has been able to do since its existence began — “is not Trump’s preferred ‘style of learning,’ according to a person with knowledge of the situation.”
NY Mag also point out, Trump does not receive his verbal briefing daily, but instead “about every two to three days on average in recent months, typically around 11 a.m.” That’s when “executive time” ends and Trump has to turn off Fox News to listen to officials for a while, before he gets more screen time later in the day.
Not surprisingly, even with the verbal method that Trump’s prefers, he doesn’t show very strong listening skills:
Trump would discuss the news of the day or a tweet he sent about North Korea or the border wall — or anything else on his mind, two people familiar with the briefings said.
On such days, there would only be a few minutes left — and the briefers would have barely broached the topics they came to discuss, one senior U.S. official said.
“He often goes off on tangents during the briefing and you’d have to rein him back in,” one official said.
So, even the verbal briefings devolve into rambling stories by the person who is supposed to be receiving the briefing.
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