Since the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump has claimed that he is way “too smart” to receive intelligence briefings, or any kind of briefing for that matter. Now, the self-absorbed billionaire wants a briefing, but only if it boosts his ego.
Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.
These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, don’t contain top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives, or classified information. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news networks, admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful and smart.
If nobody wants to deliver bad news to the White House, then there is no room for improvement, or problems to be addressed. There is no room for growth. All administrations face some version of this problem, but part of good staffing is to push against it. Of course, everyone in the Trump administration is too scared to tell the moron-in-chief to get over himself, and start initiating changes in the Oval Office. Nevertheless, Trump’s only concern is how he is perceived in the media and that is just pathetic.
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