White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that President Donald Trump “is the most informed person on planet earth when it comes to the threats that we face.”
She also insisted that Trump “does read” the daily classified book of important intelligence on threats and opportunities known as the President’s Daily Brief (PDB).
McEnany’s claim that Trump is “the most informed person on planet earth” comes nearly two months after she vowed during her first White House press briefing that she would “never lie” to the public.
Her statements Tuesday came in response to a question about whether the PDB contained intelligence suggesting that Russia paid Afghan militants to kill US and coalition troops in the region.
The New York Times first reported on the intelligence on Friday, but the White House claims Trump was never briefed on it because officials did not believe it to be credible.
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The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that President Donald Trump “does read” the daily presentation of important intelligence on threats and opportunities known as the President’s Daily Brief (PDB).
Trump “also consumes intelligence verbally,” McEnany said. “This president, I’ll tell you, is the most informed person on planet earth when it comes to the threats that we face.”
The White House press secretary’s statements are at odds with multiple media reports over the past three years which said the president often does not pay attention during briefings, does not read the PDB, and frequently loses interest in the discussion unless he sees or hears his own name.
Reuters reported in 2017 that officials on the National Security Council purposely include Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned,” according to one source.
Officials also told The Times in May that the president does not read the written intelligence reports presented to him, choosing instead to look at visuals like charts, tables, graphs, and satellite images. More often than not, The Times reported, the president likes getting information from his friends and the right-wing media.
McEnany’s comments Tuesday came in response to a question about whether the PDB contained intelligence suggesting that Russia paid Taliban-linked militants secret bounties to kill US and coalition troops in the Middle East.
The New York Times first reported on the intelligence on Friday, adding that Trump was briefed on the matter earlier this year and the National Security Council also discussed the information during an interagency meeting in late March.
The AP reported Tuesday that senior White House officials were aware of the Russian bounties as early as March 2019.
According to the AP, then-national security adviser John Bolton briefed the president on the issue at the time, and multiple media outlets reported that the intelligence was included in at least one PDB.
Trump, however, said he was never briefed on the matter and later said intelligence officials told him after …read more
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