Report: Trump gets one presidential intel brief a week

Report: Trump gets one presidential intel brief a week
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE is getting only one presidential intelligence briefing a week, U.S. officials told Reuters, far below average for a president-elect less than six weeks from their inauguration.

Sources say Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters FEC chair calls on Trump to provide evidence of NH voter fraud Five years after Yazidi genocide, US warns ISIS is rebounding MORE, by contrast, is getting his own classified briefings at least six times a week.


An official on Trump’s transition team said he’s been receiving “routine” daily briefings and national security briefings but refused to say how often.

Reuters reported Friday that Trump has asked for at least one briefing on specific subjects, which so far have not included Iran or Russia.

Reports emerged late last month that Trump had been turning down intelligence briefings after his election. The classified intel available to presidents- and vice presidents-elect outstrips that available to White House nominees.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, a supporter of former Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE, told The Washington Post that most incoming presidents take the chance to “study the national security issues that they would be facing” before taking office.

“The president-elect is missing out on a golden opportunity to learn about the national security threats and challenges facing our nation,” Morell said.