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CIA releases detailed report about what it was like to give Trump infrequent 'presidential daily briefing'
The CIA released the latest chapter of the ongoing history of Presidential briefings, Micah Zenko tweeted over the weekend. According to the information provided by the U.S. spy agency, Trump didn't much care about national security, while Vice President Mike Pence did the "daily briefing" six days a week. Previous reports cited anonymous sources, but the CIA report detailed the specifics on the record. The report went even deeper into what agents experienced, noting Trump's rants and other issues.
By the time that the 2020 election rolled around, Beth Sanner was the one briefing Trump. The so-called PDB, "Presidential Daily Briefing," actually only took place twice a week under Trump and lasted about 45 minutes, with the overwhelming majority involving Trump's ranting.
"Even during times when President Trump publicly expressed great irritation with the IC—most notably in 2019 when an IC employee filed a whistle-blower complaint concerning the president's efforts to have Ukraine investigate a political opponent, Joe Biden—briefings continued as usual and Trump' s demeanor during the sessions remained the same," said the report. "After the 2020 election, PDB briefings also continued for a period of time. When Sanner briefed the president before he went to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays, he commented that he would see her later. The briefings were to resume on 6 January but none were scheduled after the attack on the Capitol."
By contrast, Pence so regularly held a "presidential daily briefing" that he had briefers to his home and gave them a commemorative medallion as a gift. They offered him a certificate of appreciation as he left office, the report continued.
The report also confessed that no briefing was as bad as Trump's other than Nixon.
"For the Intelligence Community, the Trump transition was far and away the most difficult in its historical experience with briefing new presidents,". The only (and imperfect) analogue was the Nixon transition, when the president-elect effectively declined to work with the IC, electing, instead, to receive intelligence information through an intermediary, National Security Advisor-designate Henry Kissinger," the report also explained. "Trump was like Nixon, suspicious and insecure about the intelligence process, but unlike Nixon in the way he reacted. Rather than shut the IC out, Trump engaged with it, but attacked it publicly."
James Clapper also wrote in his book about Trump's inability to focus during briefings as a candidate. After taking over the White House, Clapper left and Trump brought in his own team.
"Clapper recalled, Trump was prone to 'fly off on tangents; there might be eight or nine minutes of real intelligence in an hour's discussion,'" the report recalled. "The irreconcilable difference, in Clapper's view, was that the IC worked with evidence. Trump 'was 'fact-free'—evidence doesn't cut it with him.'"
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) was denounced after tweeting that the new COVID variant was nothing more than an election ploy. Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, said that he doesn't even consider Jackson to be a doctor anymore. He's a "former doctor."
Dr. Reiner, who serves as a professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, explained that misinformation coming from Jackson is the key reason 50 million Americans continue to refuse to get vaccinated.
"It comes from people like Ronny Jackson, people who doubt the severity of this pandemic, people who have doubted the consequences of not getting vaccinated, people who have doubted the efficacy of masks," he continued. "So now as a new potentially dangerous variant is identified, you see this anti-science coming from a former doctor. I call him 'former doctor' because that's how he behaves. He behaves as a former doctor."
Acosta jumped in saying, that such a comment isn't typical for people like Dr. Reiner. Doctors don't generally trash their colleagues.
Dr. Reiner noted that Jackson is the kind of conspiracy theorist who called former President Barack Obama "a deep state traitor" when Obama was serving as his commander in chief at the time. Obama was also the president who promoted Jackson to a "flag rank." So, if Jackson is going to make such complaints about Obama, he certainly accepted promotions from the person he purports to hate so much.
"We're still dealing with disinformation," said Acosta. "That's probably the biggest threat out there right now." He went on to say that Jackson has become "the doctor of disinformation for the far right."
"I mean, he's betrayed so much. He's become an embarrassment," Acosta closed.
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Even during Donald Trump's administration, Roger Stone was convicted of felony counts of witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and making false statements to Congress. He was ultimately pardoned by the ex-president. But even without Trump's Justice Department, Stone complained that they've continued to come after law-breakers.
According to Stone, however, it's all because of President Joe Biden, not because people broke the law. Speaking to WABC 770 AM radio on Sunday, Stone even complained about the group that claims to have Biden's daughter's stolen diary that surfaced after her home was broken into, The New York Daily News said.
"We have a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden's personal Gestapo," he said.
"If a journalist has [Biden's] daughter's diary, particularly if the journalist hasn't even published it, or commented on it, why would you search their home? Why would you seize their computers? It's very chilling," Stone continued. Presumably, the FBI is investigating if the diary is real, how the far-right group managed to obtain it after Biden's home was broken into.
Stone then complained about being subpoenaed by Congress for his observations around Jan. 6. Stone isn't being accused of a crime, he's merely being called to Congress to testify.
"I immediately began thinking how many of my 'Roger Stone Still Did Nothing Wrong' T-shirts can I sell to raise the money for my legal defense," said Stone. "This is epically expensive. I've gotten 11 harassment civil suits against me — all baseless, unsubstantiated, but tremendously sensationalized — dismissed."
He went on to say that out of the 11 he has six left, but said that the Congressional subpoena was "a new level of harassment." He claimed that Congress puts "enormous financial pressure on you." Given Stone isn't being accused of a crime, it's unclear why he'd need a lawyer to talk to them or why it would cost him anything. Congress doesn't hand out fines.
"Isn't it interesting that they released the subpoena on me to the press before my lawyers even received it and had a chance to read it. What's that about?" he asked.
The announcement of Stone's subpoena came along with several others. A press release doesn't need any legal paperwork to issue, where a subpoena does.