Let Mikey do it

More on Trump the smart person who doesn’t need to read intelligence briefings, from the Atlantic.

Trump complained that his briefings are repetitive, and insisted he’s receiving the information he needs, even he takes the briefings only once a week. “I get it when I need it,” Trump told Chris Wallace. “First of all, these are very good people that are giving me the briefings. And I say, ‘If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on one-minute’s notice.’”

Trump also pointed out that Vice-President-elect Mike Pence receives the daily briefings he declines, although he did not explain why Pence—like every recent president—finds value in receiving the daily assessments while he does not. “And I’m being briefed also,” he told Wallace. “But if they’re going to come in and tell me the exact same thing that they tell me—you know, it doesn’t change, necessarily. Now, there will be times where it might change. I mean, there will be some very fluid situations. I’ll be there not every day, but more than that. But I don’t need to be told, Chris, the same thing every day, every morning, same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let’s go over it again.’ I don’t need that.”

Allow me to gloss that. He doesn’t want to. It’s boring. It’s boring and it’s also kind of scary – what’s he gotten himself into? But it’s ok because Pence is there to do the actual work, so whew. And it’s boring boring boring, so let Pence do it. The Donald is busy working up the crowds and tweeting insults at union guys and teenage girls.

Trump is the first person elected president without having held prior military or public office. Intelligence officials have stressed that, given his lack of prior experience, the daily briefings may be particular important in ensuring that he is fully up to speed by the time he takes the oath of office.

No, see, he doesn’t need to be, because there’s Pence. That was always the deal, see. He does the fun stuff and Pence does the hard work. That was the deal.

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