Trump gets one presidential intelligence briefing a week

By REUTERS
December 9, 2016 04:40

WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week, according to US officials familiar with the matter, far fewer than most of his recent predecessors.

Although they are not required to, presidents-elect have in the past generally welcomed the opportunity to receive the President's Daily Brief (PDB), the most highly classified and closely held document in the government, on a regular basis.

It was not immediately clear why Trump has decided not to receive the intelligence briefings available to President Barack Obama more frequently, or whether that has made any difference in his presidential preparations.

An official on the transition team said on Thursday that Trump has been receiving national security briefings, including "routine" PDFs and other special briefings, but declined to specify their content or frequency, saying these matters were classified.


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