It’s been widely reported on (and even acknowledged by Trump himself) that he doesn’t need a long report on something in order to understand it. He’s stated that’s because he’s “a very smart guy.”
Well, now, in preparation for his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany on Friday, intelligence officials are giving Trump “tweet-length memos” in bite-sized 140-character pieces, so he’ll actually read them – and be prepared during his talks.
The report came from the Los Angeles Times, saying that Trump aides simply are trying to do everything they can to make sure Trump doesn’t get walked all over by Putin. They’ve even started being creative, like mentioning his name as much as possible to hold his attention span.
Why are we surprised though? Trump receives his presidential daily briefing, one of the most secret briefings in Washington, in pretty much the same way, with “big pictures” and “graphics.” It also is about a quarter the size of the daily briefing President Obama received while in office.
What might be even more troubling than this is the fact that Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said that administration doesn’t have a clear plan in his meeting with Putin.
“We have no specific agenda,” he said. “It’s whatever the president wants to talk about.”
How about mentioning the fact that Russia tried to meddle into the 2016 election? That’s probably something he would want to bring up.
Putin is a skilled diplomat and Trump just doesn’t seem to care about being fully prepared.