Trump Brought Waiter Into Top Secret Intel Briefing Room To Order A Milkshake

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The president interrupted a highly classified briefing with an important question: "Does anyone want a malt?"

Politico reports that President Donald Trump interrupted a highly classified briefing on Afghanistan at his New Jersey golf club when he was struck with the urge for a milkshake.

  • With senior defense and intelligence officials gathered around, including the head of the CIA’s Special Activities Center — which the report noted “is responsible for covert operations and paramilitary operations” — the president halted the meeting with a pressing question: “Does anyone want a malt?”
  • “We have the best malts, you have to try them,” Trump reportedly insisted to the officials.
  • The president then “beckoned a waiter into the room where code-word classified intelligence was being discussed,” Politico reported.

The malt episode, which took place a few months after Trump took office in 2017, became legendary inside the CIA, said three former officials. It was seen as an early harbinger of Trump’s disinterest in intelligence, which would later be borne out by the new president’s notorious resistance to reading his classified daily briefing, known as the PDB, and his impatience with the briefers, current and former officials said.

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