“I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.“
President-elect Donald Trump apparently doesn’t need daily intelligence briefingsâ€”and also, he just assumes he will win the 2020 election.
In an interview aired on Fox News Sunday, Trump told Chris Wallace that since winning the election last month, he’s been given the daily intelligence briefing, but he hates that those briefings don’t always change:
“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 yearsâ€”but eight years. I don’t need that. But I do say, ‘If something should change, let us know.'”
So much to unpack here. First of all, Trump felt the need to say that he’s “like, a smart person.” Secondly, his first instinct was to say “eight years.” Who needs a 2020 election anyway? Thirdlyâ€”and listen up here, because this is importantâ€”our incoming president is not going to bother with daily intelligence briefings. This is the reality we’re living in.