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 is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition