FOX Just Asked Trump Why He Skips Intelligence Briefings. His Answer Is Terrifying

President-elect Donald Trump just told Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace that he is skipping national security briefings because “he’s smart.” Trump supported the Iraq War before it started, only changing course after the Bush Administration’s invasion failed. Now, he is endorsing the Bush Administration’s policy of politicizing national security information and demoting agencies who vet facts in favor of his own personal opinions. ThinkProgress reports:

Trump said he gets briefings “when I need it” because “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. Could be eight years — but eight years. I don’t need that.”

On a policy level, this kind of fantastical thinking amounts to a formal policy of ignorance is bliss, but the reality is that Donald Trump’s recent attacks on America’s national security agencies smack of self-defense in light of massive, tangible evidence in the media of his Russian ties going all the way back to 1987 — and the revelation by the CIA that Russia meddled in our elections to favor him.

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Grant Stern

Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large and Podcast host for OccupyDemocrats. He's also mortgage broker, writer, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida.

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