An internal, classified memo in the intelligence community tells analysts to condense their daily briefings to Trump, and keep out conflicting information, The Hill reports.
The report first appeared at Mother Jones, and asks analysts to keep briefings to three topics, limit findings to a page, and not give different information or conflicting views in different briefings.
It’s unknown whether these guidelines were developed by the Trump administration, or a response to Trump’s behavior by intelligence officials.
Trump told Fox how he feels about intelligence briefings:
“I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years,” Trump said.
“I like bullets or I like as little as possible. I don’t need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page,” he said in an Axios interview.
Trump intelligence reports are markedly shorter than under previous presidents. For example, Obama reportedly received daily briefings of 12 to 14 pages.
Trump’s administration and the intelligence community have been sparring for months, and the IC is reportedly trying to find information that would connect more Trump officials to improper contact with Russia. So far, they’ve helped get Michael Flynn axed, after withholding a security clearance to one of his top deputies.
Press secretary Sean Spicer said Flynn was asked to resign because Trump couldn’t trust him. But Trump then blamed the media and leaks from the intelligence community for doing Flynn in while singing his praises.
“From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, it’s criminal action. It’s a criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time before me, but now it’s really going on,” Trump said yesterday during a presser with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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