Tell Donald Trump to take his damn intelligence briefing

TIME magazine just revealed that Donald Trump is still refusing to attend his highly-classified daily intelligence briefings that every President-elects receives in order to prepare him to be ready to defend the country on day one.

Please sign the petition below — or on this page — and join us in demanding that Donald Trump attend these vitally-important briefings.

The President-elect receives the same daily spy briefing that the President himself receives. It’s called the President’s Daily Brief (or PDB), and according to the Washington Post, “is designed to provide a summary of key security developments and insights from all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, as well as an update on covert programs being run overseas by the CIA.”

Donald Trump, unlike his predecessors, is refusing to regularly attend the briefings. Trump doesn’t trust the experts, so he doesn’t want to hear from them. For example, Trump told TIME magazine that he still doesn’t think Russia interfered in the US election. Trump thinks the entire US intelligence community was rooting for Hillary Clinton, and that’s why they concluded that Russia was attempting to hack and hijack our democracy.

Enough is enough. It was one thing when Trump was playing these country-bumpkin games while running for president, but now he is going to be president. America can’t afford Donald Trump’s intellectual ennui and conspiratorial distrust of people who know a lot more about foreign policy than he does. We expect our president to be ready on day one to defend America. And Donald Trump isn’t ready, and won’t be ready, if he continues to refuse even the most basic efforts to educate him about the threats America faces.

Donald Trump needs to understand that the presidency isn’t a licensing deal where he can lend his name, then walk away with the cash. It is a full-time commitment. We need a president who takes the job seriously, and Donald Trump does not.

Please sign the petition below demanding that Donald Trump take his daily intelligence briefing and be ready to defend America on day one.

Mr. Trump, the presidency is not a licensing deal; it is a full-time commitment. We need a president who takes the job seriously, and so far you are not. You must start taking your daily intelligence briefing so that you will be ready to defend America on day one.

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  • goulo

    Ha: “Trump says he doesn’t read the Presidential Daily Brief every day because he’s ‘a smart person'”

    https://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/11/1609780/-Trump-says-he-doesn-t-read-the-Presidential-Daily-Brief-every-day-because-he-s-a-smart-person

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  • Dover Bill

    Why… what’s to prevent him from just sitting there and tweeting his orange ass off instead of listening to threats to America?

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  • Demosthenes

    Don the Con is ignorant, a compulsive liar, incapable of learning — and those are his better traits.

  • mf_roe

    The way to manipulate the tRUMP is to push his inferiority complex buttons. Start tweeting how he is so IGNORANT that he cannot understand the briefings. Point out how his IGNORANCE makes the US look WEAK to the rest of the world. emphasize how his FAILURE to UNDERSTAND makes him look like a LOSER and a CHUMP. hammer the fact that he isn’t as SMART as the previous presidents since he isn’t able to show up prepared to do the job as well as they did.

  • Demosthenes

    John — who care if Don takes an intelligence briefing or not? He is impervious to facts.

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  • Quilla

    Hahahahahaha!

    No more FOX for you!

  • Bill_Perdue

    The election is over and in any case H Clinton is a right wing christer and not a lesbian.

    Both she and Trump are warmongers, rabid racists, union busting scabs and both work to gut the Bill of Rights and the pay of workers.

  • brel1

    Trump is an fraud President-elect and he will be a fraudulent President. The election was rigged by Trump
    and the GOP. He is the biggest terrorist event since 9/11. Trump is
    terrorism. There should be a violent tweet storm about the rigged election. The Internet could turn this around. The GOP fights to the end. We should be infuriated and show it.

  • zlop

    “I’d rather tell him to take a hike.”?

    Satanic, Lesbian, Warmongering Hillary would be better for the economy?

  • zlop

    “take his damn intelligence briefing”?
    Is intelligence crafted to deceive?

  • mgiltz

    Because sometimes they work? Sometimes they can spur the media on — it gives them a new angle on a story. Rather than reporting, “Again today the President failed to do his job” they can now say, “An outcry is building around the country because the President is putting the national security of this country at risk and can’t even be bothered to do his job.”

  • mgiltz

    That’s the point — in part — of the campaign, I assume. Bring attention to the fact that Trump is failing to do his job and putting the safety and security of this country at risk. They’ve reported on it but only sparingly. You need to shine a spotlight in order to get the media to realize it’s a big deal and treat it as such. And when he does grudgingly begin taking then, they can report on the length and quality — are these briefings equivalent to what Obama received? It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Oh and it’s actually dangerous that he doesn’t so you really do want him to take part.

  • Opinionated Cat Lover

    I would rather that the Press…all of it…report on Trump’s failure to take the intelligence briefings, rather than Trump start taking them. Maybe all the folks in WI, MI, and PA will petition their electors to vote for Anybody But Trump to deny him 270 EVs…if they knew how much of an incompetent fool he was.

  • Stanley_Krute

    Why is that anyone thinks that petitions are a useful political activity ?

  • fry1laurie

    Dear Mr. “President”-elect
    Not getting the security briefings does not give you deniability if something goes wrong.

  • Quilla

    I’d rather tell him to take a hike.

    Just hoping…

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