Classified memo tells intel officials to keep Trump's daily briefings short: report
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A classified memo instructs intelligence analysts to keep their daily intelligence briefings with President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump Administration risks Reagan’s legacy on nuclear disarmament NYT: Russians discussed using Manafort, Flynn to influence Trump THE MEMO: Trump seeks fresh start with wary Europe MORE short, according to Mother Jones.

The guidance recommends that analysts limit themselves to three topics, include essential facts that support their findings, and to try to keep their findings to a page. The memo also suggests that conflicting views or information should not be shared with the president in different briefings, according to the report.

It is unclear whether this guidance came from Trump and his administration, or if they were developed by intelligence officials.

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Trump has previously claimed in a Fox interview that he does not find daily security briefings necessary. "I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years," Trump said.

Trump has also vocalized his preference for brevity when it comes to reports. "I like bullets or I like as little as possible. I don't need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page,” Trump said in an Axios interview. 

These brief briefs are reportedly shorter than for Trump’s predecessors, according to the report. During Obama’s presidency, daily briefings tended to range form 12 to 14 pages. 

The report from Mother Jones comes at a time of rising tensions between Trump's White House and the intelligence community.

Trump on Wednesday blasted leaks about the workings of his administration and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, calling them "criminal." 

“From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, it's criminal action. It's a criminal act, and it's been going on for a long time before me, but now it's really going on,” Trump said.