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Trump is too smart to have intelligence briefings every day

Trump is too smart to have intelligence briefings every dayDonald Trump is skipping out on intelligence briefings since he won the election last month.

According to recent reports the President-elect only receives one briefing per week and on Sunday he suggested that he is too smart to be given them daily.

"I get it when I need it," the 70-year-old said in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

"First of all, these are very good people that are giving me the briefings. And I say, 'If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I'm available on one minute's notice,'" he added.

Last week, Reuters published a report saying that the President-elect was only receiving one briefing per week – far fewer than his predecessors. Still, Trump said that daily briefings are not necessary.

"I'm, like, a smart person," he explained Sunday.

"I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years – but eight years. I don't need that," Trump added.

Meanwhile, Trump confirmed that his running mate, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and his generals are receiving the intelligence briefings more frequently.

"And I'm being briefed also, but if they're going to come in and tell me the exact same thing that they tell me – you know, it doesn't change, necessarily,” he said.

"Now, there will be times where it might change. I mean, there will be some very fluid situations. I'll be there not every day, but more than that. But I don't need to be told, Chris, the same thing every day, every morning – same words. ‘Sir, nothing has changed. Let's go over it again.’ I don't need that."

Also on Monday Trump has poured fresh scorn on US intelligence claims of Russian hackers meddling in the US election.

He tweeted: "Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!"

The US president-elect also questioned why the alleged cyber-attacks were not widely made public before the election.
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