This Classified Memo Telling Intel Officials What To Do During Trump Briefings Is Dropping Jaws
By: Randy DeSoto
The trend of liberal media outlets reporting on leaked information from the intelligence community continued Thursday with a story revealing that President Trump receiving truncated daily intel briefings.
Mother Jones reported, based on an internal guidance memo it obtained, intelligence analysts have been instructed to keep their President Daily Briefings, or PDBs, to Trump short and free of nuance.
The guidance recommends that analysts limit themselves to three topics daily, including essential facts that support their findings. Each topic should typically consist of one page, and not include separate pages with dissenting opinions.
According to Mother Jones' assessment, "If the memo does not reflect direct instructions from Trump or his aides to the intelligence community, it is a reflection of the assumptions senior intelligence officials have developed about how best to present information to Trump."
President Obama's PDB's typically ranged between 12-14 pages, which he read on a tablet.
"I don't have to be told the same thing, in the same words, every single day for the next eight years," Trump said.
He noted that his national security team, including Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, among others, will be sitting in on security briefings and keeping him apprised of any major new developments.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials have been withholding information from Trump in their briefings out of concern the facts presented could be leaked or compromised.
"In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said," according to the Journal.
However, a White House official said, "There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening."
A spokesman for the Office of Director of National Intelligence refuted the story outright.
"Any suggestion that the U.S. intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true," the spokesman said.
Fox News Channel's chief intelligence correspondent Katherine Herridge reported that the Wall Street Journal story misses an important fact that the PDB "does not routinely include raw data or discussion of sources and methods," rather, the president "gets the finished product."
Trump pledged Thursday during a meeting with members of Congress to track down those in the intelligence community who have been leaking information meant to damage his administration.
At a press briefing later in the day, Trump said he is bring the Justice Department in to investigate the leaks, which is now under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Pres. Trump: "I don't want classified information getting out to the public"; says he’s called Justice Dept. to look into information leaks. pic.twitter.com/VpaGb8bmxn— ABC News (@ABC) February 16, 2017
"I think you'll see it stopping because now we have our people in," the president said.
Trump noted Wednesday that he is not the first president who has had to deal with leaks. "It's a criminal act, and it's been going on for a long time before me, but now it's really going on," he said.
On Feb. 16, 1983, President Ronald Reagan recorded in his diary a leak about the administration's military moves against then-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi "could be risking American lives," adding the next day the leaks regarding Libya are "all over the place."Traitors, Donald Trump, Lies, Donald Trump , Leaks, Security Briefings, Security Services, Morning Briefing