President Donald Trump is scheduled to receive his intelligence briefing Monday – the first in almost three weeks, despite having authorized the highly-controversial assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani over the holidays.
Trump increasingly has been ignoring his intelligence briefings – which in prior administrations for decades were known as the “President’s Daily Brief.” This White House long ago dropped the “daily” function.
During the month of December President Trump was scheduled to receive only four intelligence briefings, according to his official calendar.
He was pilloried early in his tenure for not paying attention during his daily intelligence briefings, as his National Security Advisors and other top intel community members were forced to find ways to keep the Commander-in-Chief sufficiently engaged. Ultimately, few words and lots of colorful pictures became the solution.
In its never-ending attempt to protect the president the White House switched the schedule of the president’s daily intelligence briefings to just “intelligence briefings,” and scheduled them less frequently.
“The President’s Daily Brief (PDB) is a daily summary of high-level, all-source information and analysis on national security issues produced for the president and key cabinet members and advisers,” the Intelligence Community’s official U.S. government’s website says, noting it has been delivered in some form since 1946.
But once again Trump is neglecting to get those briefings.
A review of President Trump’s official schedule shows in November, Trump – who has made ample time for campaign re-election rallies and tweetstorms a-plenty – had just five intelligence briefings scheduled. It’s unknown if he actually received them.
He did manage that month to post 857 tweets, visit 12 states for campaign rallies, hold three fundraisers, stay at a Trump property 12 times, and golf three times.
Trump had nine intelligence briefings scheduled in October, but just six in September.
One month after being elected Trump told reporters he did not see the need for daily intel briefings. “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,” he said.
‘Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president’: Ambassador McFaul
President Donald Trump's address at Mount Rushmore was blasted as "un-American" by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
McFaul retweeted a clip of the leader of the free world failing to pronounce the word, "totalitarianism."
"Trump has no idea what words like fascism and totalitarianism mean," McFaul, now a professor at Stanford, declared.
"To those who wrote this speech and those senior [White House] officials who approved this speech, shame on you. Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president and on the July 4th weekend no less," he explained.
WATCH: MSNBC reporter cuts off Arizona Trump fan as he goes on rant about Antifa and killing Black babies
On Saturday, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard interviewed "Ted," a pro-Trump protester in Prescott, Arizona — and was promptly forced to cut him off as the conversation went off the rails.
"What leads you here today?" asked Hillyard. "And does the lack of masks, including on your part—"
"Well, we're here to support President Trump and the Republican ticket," said Ted. "This is our protest against all the other protests that have been going on in the country trying to take our nation down."
"Are you concerned about the pandemic?" said Hillyard.
"No, we support our police department in Prescott, and we do not support Antifa, which is a communist organization just like BLM," said Ted. "If you listen to the founders of BLM, they're communists. If they cared about Black lives really, they would think about the million abortions of Black babies, and they would think about the thousands of young Black men that are killed in the inner city, but they don't. It's an anti-police organization and Antifa is just as bad. If you notice—"
Nevada GOP ridiculed for ‘illiteracy’ after sending out garbled Independence Day message
The Nevada Republican Party was ridiculed on Saturday for the Independence Day message the organization sent out.
Veteran Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, tweeted out a screenshot of the email sent by Michael McDonald, the chairman of the state GOP.
Ralston described the email as a "microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy)" and mocked the party by saying "English is a difficult language to master."
Here is Ralston's thread on the Fourth of July message:
Microcosm of NV GOP's incompetence (and illiteracy) in Chairman @McDonaldNV's Independence Day message, which begins (I kid you not.):