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McCain knocks Obama on skipping intelligence briefings

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White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed the report Tuesday as "hilarious," dismissing the criticism by Post columnist Marc Thiessen as simply a difference in the way the Obama administration handled intelligence briefings.

"He gets it every day, okay?" Carney said. "The president of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. There is a document that he reads every day when he is not — well, he always reads it every day because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing materials. And when he is physically here, most days he has a meeting in his office, the Oval one, with participants in his national security team."

Asked if there was a distinction between the written briefing and sitting in on the daily meetings, Carney defended the president's record on national security.

"I believe if you compare our foreign policy record with the one that preceded this one, we’re comfortable with that comparison," Carney said. "And this president is very much steeped in the details of national security issues and the information that as president he received."