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(Washington Post)   President Trump to intelligence agencies: "Stop making me read my daily briefing. I was elected to lead, not to read"   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2018-02-09 12:51:53 PM  
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Ladies and Gentlemen, The President of the United States.
 
2018-02-09 12:54:13 PM  
The only things Trump feels the need to stay on top of are call girls and porn stars.
 
2018-02-09 12:56:58 PM  
So colorful graphics and putting "Trump" in it a bunch doesn't even work now?
 
2018-02-09 12:58:15 PM  
If they could get someone on staff who could pass a security check, maybe that person could read it to him.
They could even read it to him in bed during "Executive Time".

Or how about this, you know that voice Stephen Hawkin uses? Can we get 5 voices mocked up for the Fox and Friends couch and make it seem like they are reading it to him?  Get Disney involved with animatronics. Maybe make a ride out of it where he gets in a golf cart, gets part of the briefing, steps out and hits a golf ball like those fancy golfing simulations, back into the golf cart simulator, onto a putting green. He might look forward to his briefings.
 
2018-02-09 12:58:38 PM  
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2018-02-09 12:58:56 PM  
FTA: "Aides say Trump receives his in-person intelligence briefing nearly every day, although his publicly released schedules indicate that the sessions have been taking place about every two to three days on average in recent months, typically around 11 a.m."

Way to bury the lead Washington Post.
It's not that he just gets briefings on the topics he wants to hear about them, he gets them at irregular intervals. It's not like international diplomacy moves quickly and relies on informed decision making or anything.
 
2018-02-09 01:00:26 PM  
Have they tried making a PDB with Trump pop ups in it?  Or a comic book with Trump as the titular superhero?
 
2018-02-09 01:01:12 PM  
I had assumed he was getting his oral briefings from Ivanka and Hope Hicks all along.
 
2018-02-09 01:03:35 PM  
TFA suggests that Trump used to read them. We have no reason to believe that.

I'm aware of the fact that accusing Trump of functional illiteracy sounds flippant, but everything we've seen suggests that Trump is not capable of understanding what he reads.

Listen to one of his TelePrompTer speeches and decide for yourself if he is actually following the meaning of the words coming out of his own mouth.
 
2018-02-09 01:09:17 PM  
Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump's preferred "style of learning," according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

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2018-02-09 01:12:31 PM  

Markoff_Cheney: Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump's preferred "style of learning," according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

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"And the CIA says, 'Russia!'"
 
2018-02-09 01:13:37 PM  

DeaH: The only things Trump feels the need to stay on top of are call girls and porn stars.


That's completely unfair.  He also stays on top his standing in the ratings and whatever positive news he can scrounge up on himself.
 
2018-02-09 01:13:39 PM  
He already gets his daily briefings from Fox & Friends

/Typing that makes me weep for humanity
 
2018-02-09 01:19:21 PM  
I always thought he just let Hannity whisper sweet nothings in his ear and his fevered mind created his own version of reality that he uses to pursue his daily agenda.
 
2018-02-09 01:22:27 PM  
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2018-02-09 01:22:59 PM  
Write them down on post-its and put them on the top of Hope's head?
 
2018-02-09 01:25:46 PM  
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2018-02-09 01:26:06 PM  
Damnit, my headline was better:

Donnie: "I prefer oral"

 
2018-02-09 01:26:29 PM  
Our first illiterate president.
 
2018-02-09 01:26:31 PM  
How long before his briefings come over The Gorilla Channel?
 
2018-02-09 01:26:45 PM  
Honestly, him relying on someone else to make these decisions is a lot more comforting than thinking he is actually taking the reins.
 
2018-02-09 01:26:45 PM  

aaronx: TFA suggests that Trump used to read them. We have no reason to believe that.

I'm aware of the fact that accusing Trump of functional illiteracy sounds flippant, but everything we've seen suggests that Trump is not capable of understanding what he reads.

Listen to one of his TelePrompTer speeches and decide for yourself if he is actually following the meaning of the words coming out of his own mouth.


I still think he is more dyslexic than illiterate.
 
2018-02-09 01:26:57 PM  
This little window into the White House highlights yet another one of the tragedies of the Trump administration: The way in which the conventional political thriller TV series has been rendered obsolete.

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In 2014, Katherine Heigl starred in the series State of Affairs on NBC. Her role was that of Charleston "Charlie" Whitney Tucker, an intelligence analyst responsible for the president's daily intelligence briefings. The job was arduous and stressful, but she repeatedly sacrificed her health and any hope of life outside work to get to the office at 3:00 AM, so that any fresh overnight developments were reflected as accurately as possible in the president's 7:00 AM briefing. The job was largely thankless, but her tirelessness, dedication, and clear-headed analysis helped keep the country safe, because the president respected her opinions on what should be done in a particular situation. (She was also apparently good friends with the president, because she had been engaged to the president's son before he was murdered by some shadowy organization while visiting Baghdad, or something. And she dealt with the stress of her job by having sexy, sexy one night stands.)

Anyway, the show was terrible and totally deserved to be cancelled after one season, and I never really watched it so much as listened to one or two of the episodes that my wife watched while I was in the room doing something else, but still, I think my point stands: The Trump administration has rendered recent political dramas like this State of Affairs, Madame Secretary,and (of course) House of Cards to be almost completely anachronistic. How are dedicated public servants supposed to be portrayed as struggling to get accurate information to the Commander-in-Chief when in reality the Commander-in-Chief prefers to get information from cable news? How are attractive cabinet officials supposed to attempt to smooth over international incidents when the actual president is content to brand entire continents as "shiatholes" unapologetically? How are murderous, ambitious politicians supposed to derive narrative conflict from coverups of affairs and illegal contacts when Trump's affairs and illegal contacts are public knowledge and nobody cares?

RIP, plausible 21st-century political dramas, you had a good run.

Veep, on the other hand, has aged much better than anyone imagined it would.
 
2018-02-09 01:27:33 PM  

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hot damn! why haven't I seen this before??
 
2018-02-09 01:28:00 PM  
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2018-02-09 01:28:11 PM  

NeoCortex42: So colorful graphics and putting "Trump" in it a bunch doesn't even work now?


Photos of naked women might help.
 
2018-02-09 01:29:11 PM  

Speaker2Animals: How long before his briefings come over The Gorilla Channel?


Coco the Gorilla can do them using sign language.
 
2018-02-09 01:29:24 PM  
Also, if Trump has any questions on what he should do, all he has to do is "Ask Sean Hannity" and he'll get 100% perfect answers.
 
2018-02-09 01:29:54 PM  
In fact, President Trump engages for significantly longer periods than I understand many previous presidents have done."

So a president who doesn't read up on any of the information before going into a meeting has to take significantly longer in the meeting to get his head around what's going on.....

THIS IS NOT A MARK FOR THE 'PLUS' COLUMN.
 
2018-02-09 01:30:30 PM  

stoli n coke: Write them down on post-its and put them on the top of Hope's head?


It would be a short read.  Just ask Stormy Daniels.
 
2018-02-09 01:30:30 PM  

Diogenes: DeaH: The only things Trump feels the need to stay on top of are call girls and porn stars.

That's completely unfair.  He also stays on top his standing in the ratings and whatever positive news he can scrounge up on himself.


No, he just makes that stuff up. Positive news about himself is hard to find. Mostly because he's a shiatty person.
 
2018-02-09 01:31:29 PM  

DeaH: The only things Trump feels the need to stay on top of are call girls and porn stars.


You think he gets on top? They must be sturdy gals.
 
2018-02-09 01:32:01 PM  

harleyquinnical: aaronx: TFA suggests that Trump used to read them. We have no reason to believe that.

I'm aware of the fact that accusing Trump of functional illiteracy sounds flippant, but everything we've seen suggests that Trump is not capable of understanding what he reads.

Listen to one of his TelePrompTer speeches and decide for yourself if he is actually following the meaning of the words coming out of his own mouth.

I still think he is more dyslexic than illiterate.


I think doing his job bores him, so he delegates or ignores most of it.
 
2018-02-09 01:32:11 PM  

Driedsponge: In fact, President Trump engages for significantly longer periods than I understand many previous presidents have done."

So a president who doesn't read up on any of the information before going into a meeting has to take significantly longer in the meeting to get his head around what's going on.....

THIS IS NOT A MARK FOR THE 'PLUS' COLUMN.


Lol
 
2018-02-09 01:32:24 PM  

Mr. Anon: Honestly, him relying on someone else to make these decisions is a lot more comforting than thinking he is actually taking the reins.


If he hadn't surrounded himself with nazis and kleptocratic incompetents, that might make sense.
 
2018-02-09 01:32:31 PM  

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"Whatchoo readin' fer?"

/Was in a waffle house in North Carolina and thought of Bill Hicks
 
2018-02-09 01:32:39 PM  
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What his daily oral briefing looks like.,
 
2018-02-09 01:32:54 PM  

BooksontheBrain: It's not like international diplomacy moves quickly and relies on informed decision making or anything.


If they have managed to insulate Ignoramus McSnapdecisions from information that would undoubtedly cause him to behave in even more reckless and harmful ways, maybe there is someone in the admin who wants the country to survive after all. Wonder who, they're well disguised.
 
2018-02-09 01:33:08 PM  
Trump's admirers say he has a unique ability to cut through conventional foreign policy wisdom and ask questions that others have long taken for granted. "Why are we even in Somalia?" or "Why can't I just pull out of Afghanistan?" he will ask, according to officials.

That's not a "unique ability", it's total farking ignorance about the goddamn job that you were elected to do, you farking asswipes.
 
2018-02-09 01:33:23 PM  
I believe Clinton and Obama were both literally geniuses. And the Republicans chose to follow them up with Bush and Trump.
 
2018-02-09 01:33:41 PM  
Trump's admirers say he has a unique ability to cut through conventional foreign policy wisdom and ask questions that others have long taken for granted. "Why are we even in Somalia?" or "Why can't I just pull out of Afghanistan?" he will ask, according to officials.
The president asks "edge" questions, said one senior administration official, meaning that he pushes his staff to question long-held assumptions about U.S. interests in the world.

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Most of us have worked with people like this. These are the questions you asked when you didn't study the topic, yet want to contribute and need to parrot a prepared person's opinion.
 
2018-02-09 01:35:44 PM  
I thought everyone realized at this point that he got his daily briefings from Fox & Friends.
 
2018-02-09 01:35:54 PM  

stoli n coke: Write them down on post-its and put them on the top of Hope's head?


Trump these days seems more like a guy that can't get it up than one getting laid on the regular.
 
2018-02-09 01:35:56 PM  

baorao: Trump's admirers say he has a unique ability to cut through conventional foreign policy wisdom and ask questions that others have long taken for granted. "Why are we even in Somalia?" or "Why can't I just pull out of Afghanistan?" he will ask, according to officials.
The president asks "edge" questions, said one senior administration official, meaning that he pushes his staff to question long-held assumptions about U.S. interests in the world.
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Most of us have worked with people like this. These are the questions you asked when you didn't study the topic, yet want to contribute and need to parrot a prepared person's opinion.


Sometimes it can be useful for a new guy to look at things differently. However, I'm pretty sure the question wasn't answered with a detailed look at the last two centuries of Central Asian history.
 
2018-02-09 01:36:56 PM  
Wanna keep him busy all day?  http://emergencycompliment.com/​#
 
2018-02-09 01:37:16 PM  
FTA:
"You can have the smartest people around you - in the end it still comes down to his decision," he added.

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2018-02-09 01:38:07 PM  
 Trump just defended another wife abuser, not just defended ... praised. Not a word about the victims. Not a word on domestic violence. Your president needs a kick in the balls.
 
2018-02-09 01:38:26 PM  
Watching Black Mirror in Netflix and Holy Crap! These dang guys predicted Donald Trump in season 2! The Waldo Moment is so similar it is scary.
 
2018-02-09 01:39:03 PM  

Speaker2Animals: How long before his briefings come over The Gorilla Channel?


"The Gorilla Channel" is simply NEVER going to not be funny anymore. I still can't read the original piece without giggling.
 
2018-02-09 01:39:15 PM  

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"Whatchoo readin' fer?"

/Was in a waffle house in North Carolina and thought of Bill Hicks


Did the menus have pictures of the food on it?
 
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