Trump turning down intelligence briefings since victory: report
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE has been turning away intelligence briefings since winning the presidency earlier this month, The Washington Post reported.

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Since his win, the president-elect has received only two classified intelligence briefings — an initial briefing he got within days of his victory and a second he received on Tuesday in New York before leaving for Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.

That number so far is lower than his predecessors, according to current and former U.S. officials.

In the two weeks since the election, intelligence analysts have been ready to give Trump daily briefings on global developments and security threats, according to The Post.

Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePublic impeachment hearings enter second week Trump attacks Pence aide who called Ukraine call 'inappropriate' Top Pence aide told lawmakers Trump's Ukraine call was 'inappropriate' in closed-door testimony MORE has reportedly made time almost every day since the election to receive the intelligence briefings.

A senior U.S. official who gets the same briefings President Obama receives every day said the president-elect has "a lot of catching up to do," and suggested the briefings could help.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Trump's transition team, dismissed criticism and called national security the president-elect's "No. 1 priority."

"And I think he’s taking it very seriously,” Nunes said in an interview with The Post.  

“Look how many leaders he’s met with, how many phone calls he’s done, positions he’s filled. People who are being critical need to get a life.”
 
Michael Morell, former deputy CIA director, said the last three presidents-elect made use of the intelligence briefings offered "to literally study the national security issues that they would be facing and the world leaders with whom they would be interacting with as president."

“The president-elect is missing out on a golden opportunity to learn about the national security threats and challenges facing our nation,” said Morell, who supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race In 2020, democracy will be decided at the margins Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award MORE.

“Knowledge that would be extremely valuable to have when he takes the oath of office and when he steps into the Situation Room for the first time."