Donald Trump’s stupidity has been a major threat to America since he began his presidential campaign, and it’s only gotten worse with him in the White House. There have been legitimate concerns that the president has no idea what is going on in the world, because he doesn’t even know how to read. Unfortunately, Trump has done very little to ease these worries and prove that he’s cut out for the job. Instead, he’s only made things worse.
The Washington Post has just reported that Trump is now refusing to read his daily intelligence briefings, opting to instead have quick oral reports. According to an unnamed source, reading the intelligence report was not Trump’s “style of learning.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why this is a horrible idea. Even former CIA director Leon Panetta has spoken out against Trump’s latest lazy move, warning that “something will be missed.” Panetta said:
If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn’t taken the time to read that intel, it increases the risk that he will make a mistake. You can have the smartest people around you — in the end it still comes down to his decision.”
This is especially concerning as Trump has been rumored to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another mental condition that impairs his ability to remember things and be oriented.
This has backfired before in history. Former president George W. Bush came under fire during his presidency for not looking at a critical daily document which detailed Bin Laden’s plan to attack the U.S. A month later, 9/11 happened. Bush was far more capable than Trump, so we can only imagine what Trump will miss.
Trump’s new policy for his intelligence briefings isn’t too shocking, considering that he’s now infamous for being lazy and possibly illiterate. However, let’s not forget a moment in 2014 when Trump insulted former POTUS Barack Obama for skipping intelligence briefings:
While Trump’s tweet is inaccurate (Obama didn’t stop reading briefings), it’s ironic that he would do the very thing he criticized his predecessor for. Then again, Trump once said:
You know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”
That’s a horrifying attitude for the President of the United States to have.
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