Trump’s Daily Intel Briefings Are Organized To Avoid Upsetting Him

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“If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference — that takes the Presidential Daily Briefing off the rails.”

Trump administration officials shared with The Washington Post a few ways they approach the president's daily intelligence briefings in order to avoid upsetting him - tactics like avoiding Russia altogether or only including potentially distressing information in the written report.

“If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference — that takes the PDB off the rails,” a second former senior U.S. intelligence official said, referring to the president's daily brief.

According to spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Brian Hale, intelligence briefings are "written by senior-level, career intelligence officers," adding:

They "always provides objective intelligence — including on Russia — to the president and his staff."

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