Analysis | 2 things that seem to explain Trump’s ignorance about Russia’s bounties on U.S. troops

Analysis: An emerging White House defense is that Trump doesn't read

6/30/2020 5:50:00 PM

Analysis: An emerging White House defense is that Trump doesn't read

One is also the White House's emerging defense that Trump doesn't read.

ADFor much of the past year, President Trump has declined to participate in a practice followed by the past seven of his predecessors: He rarely if ever reads the President’s Daily Brief, a document that lays out the most pressing information collected by U.S. intelligence agencies from hot spots around the world.

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Trump has opted to rely on an oral briefing of select intelligence issues in the Oval Office rather than getting the full written document delivered to review separately each day, according to three people familiar with his briefings.What’s more — and this would seem the most important point given the current imbroglio — even when it comes to oral briefings, aides have been

reluctant to even bring up Russia, according to an extensive Post report in late 2017:Current and former officials said that his daily intelligence update — known as the president’s daily brief, or PDB — is often structured to avoid upsetting him.Russia-related intelligence that might draw Trump’s ire is in some cases included only in the written assessment and not raised orally, said a former senior intelligence official familiar with the matter. In other cases, Trump’s main briefer — a veteran CIA analyst — adjusts the order of his presentation and text, aiming to soften the impact.

“If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference — that takes the PDB off the rails,” said a second former senior U.S. intelligence official....“If you say ‘Russian interference,’ to him it’s all about him,” said a senior Republican strategist who has discussed the matter with Trump’s confidants. “He judges everything as about him.”

To emphasize the most important sentence there: “Russia-related intelligence that might draw Trump’s ire is in some cases included only in the written assessment and not raised orally.” This was at a time when that Russia-related intelligence generally dealt with its 2016 election interference. But it’s logical to assume this tactic by intelligence briefers may live on today, too, given Trump’s unceasing desire to improve relations with Russia.

ADThe White House’s suggestion is that the intelligence not being raised orally with Trump is a testament to its lack of significance. McEnany said Monday that— despite that not being how the PDB generally works — and claimed that there was “no consensus” on the intel.

ADThe alternate explanation though, given the above reporting, is that perhaps the briefers knew this was something the president simply didn’t want to hear. And that’s extremely plausible, given that this intelligence is reportedly much more significant than the White House lets on. It was

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significant enough to share with British intelligence, after all, so how can it not be something worth bringing to Trump’s attention? That doesn’t make sense.We’ll have to see how this all shakes out, but it’s certainly worth entertaining the possibility that Trump’s aversion to detail and to bad news about Russia have conspired to render him hopelessly uninformed about an issue of significant national interest — one involving the lives of U.S. troops, no less. (The intelligence has

.)ADAnd even if that doesn’t fully account for what happened here, it’s stunning that the White House’s defense here seems to be that Trump simply didn’t bother to learn about all of this, even though the information was provided to him.ADthat late 2017 piece

, “by not reading the daily briefing, the president could hamper his ability to respond to crises in the most effective manner, intelligence experts warned.”Trump’s aversion to this kind of detailed intelligence already reared its ugly head early this year, when Trump downplayed the threat of the novel coronavirus for two months

. Now, it appears to have happened again.ADAnd in case you were wondering, there was once a man who strongly criticized a president for being ignorant of important information and supposedly not reading his intelligence briefings: His name was Donald Trump.

Fact--Obama does not read his intelligence briefings nor does he get briefed in person by the CIA or DOD. Too busy I guess! Read more: The Washington Post »

Does he hear? Does he see? I think it's obvious that the VeryStableGenius is illiterate, however, with something of this magnitude, someone should have drawn pictures, or spoken words to him, even if they had to speak them very, very slowly. The rotten traitor needs to go! Doesn't or cant Incredulous! He simply shifts the goalposts of truth, honesty and integrity whenever it suits him.

And it’s taken you people to finely figure that out🤨 Then he’s unfit for office. Is he able to read ? Your headlines are getting to be more ignorant by the day. Panic much? Whoops for a minute I thought it said can’t read which might explain why he doesn’t. KattyKay_ Hahaha, more like ' know how to' ! This press sec acts more like his explaining mistress

Analysis: An emerging Swampington Post defense is that Post journalists, don't know how to read. ~Ann Ambry~ Great, now they’re freely admitting he’s a moron. Then Trump is unfit to be President if he does not read. Fire him and his entire team Because I don’t think he can, biggest dummy the electoral college has appointed, ugh.

Trump on defensive over reports Russia paid bounties for killing U.S. troopsMultiple outlets have said the president received briefings about Taliban-aligned militants killing U.S. troops, but Trump has denied it. He wasn't at the briefing they gave him he has proof he wasn't there. Mike Pompeo backs his story up This piece of shit doesn't care about the men and women serving in the U.S. military. His only concern are the loans he owes to the Russians and the Chinese. Payment on those loans are coming due very soon. With interest. Any fake news and russian hoax to keep your terrorist military in other foreign countries.

Russian Bounty Report Seems Like the Kind of Thing Trump Should’ve Known, GOP SaysRepublicans are outraged over reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for attacks on U.S. troops, intelligence findings that Trump claims he was never briefed on. Trump... Americans have been asking what the president knew, and when he knew it, since this came out. About time Republicans pretended they give a damn. cuzkristoff If only Republicans could have stopped him earlier....

'No consensus' in intelligence community over Russia bounty on U.S. troops report, White House says'The veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated,' White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a briefing with reporters. Sure, Jan. Thats what Putin said... Explanation - Unacceptable. Try Harder!

Trump denies being told about Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops in AfghanistanPresident Donald Trump said on Sunday he was never briefed about the reported Russian efforts to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, blasting a New York Times report on the bounties. He denies everything, except wanting to sleep with his own daughter. 🤡🤡 The bigger question now is, “Donald Trump has known since Friday. What action has/is ne going to take in response to this?” That is other than asking for puppet master Putinis input and then doing nothing when Vladimir Putin says that our intelligence community is lying.

Trump was briefed on suspected Russian bounties on US troops, according to two reports - Business InsiderBusiness Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007, the site is now the largest business news site on the web. So, REPUBLICANS say we should believe Trump that he didn't know? Fake news. Hate of orange man can’t be the only reason you peddle these conspiracy theories...... You literally are not believable

Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troopsThe Trump administration plans to brief select members of Congress after news reports that U.S. intelligence officials concluded Russia offered bounties to militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The president denies he was briefed on the matter. It’s treason, then. It has to be members from both parties or it won't fly. War time baby