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Trump Says He Is Too Smart to Need Daily Intelligence Briefings

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In this Dec. 6, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C.
In this Dec. 6, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C.Credit: Gerry Broome, AP

"I get it when I need it," President-elect Donald Trump said about his daily intelligence briefing in an interview that aired Sunday on 'Fox News Sunday.'

"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 continued.

Trump was responding to Chris Wallace asking him about a Reuters report from last week that noted the president-elect is only getting on 'average one intelligence briefing a week,' far less than his predecessors. 

According to Reuters, "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."

"I'm, like, a smart person," the president-elect responded when pushed further by Chris Wallace on the issue.

"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 years — but eight years. I don't need that."

In the same interview, Trump repeated an earlier claim that he would like his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner to handle deals with foreign countries, including negotiating the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

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