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Friday, December 23, 2016

Educating Trump with Intelligence: Questions are as Important as Answers

http://lobelog.com/educating-trump-with-intelligence-questions-are-as-important-as-answers/#more-37265

Educating Trump with Intelligence: Questions are as Important as Answers

by Paul R. Pillar
“I don’t have to be told—you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”
That’s how President-elect Trump explained in an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News his intention not to receive daily intelligence briefings as president.  He evidently has a major misconception about the content of such briefings.  Obviously it would be a waste of the president’s, and everyone else’s, time if the briefings consisted of the same thing in the same words every single day.  But they don’t.  Trump has largely declined the opportunities for intelligence briefings that most every other president-elect has taken advantage of, so the “same thing, same words” misconception evidently is a preconceived notion that he somehow arrived at, rather than anything based on experience. http://lobelog.com/educating-trump-with-intelligence-questions-are-as-important-as-answers/#more-37265

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