Trump Says He Gets Intelligence Briefings 'When I Need It'; You Need It Daily, Ex-CIA Director Says

By Susan Jones | December 12, 2016 | 8:10am EST
Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden says President-elect Donald Trump should personally take part in daily presidential briefings by the intelligence community. (AP File Photo)

( - President-elect Donald Trump says he gets his top-secret presidential daily brief, not every day, but "when I need it."

But former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on Monday, not only does Trump need to hear the daily intelligence -- he also needs to communicate daily with the people who are gathering it.

"First of all, these are very good people that are giving me the briefings," Trump told "Fox News Sunday." "If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I'm available on one minute's notice.

"I don't have to be told -- you know, I'm like a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years. It could be eight years -- but eight years. I don't need that.

"But I do say if something should change, let us know. Now, in the meantime, my generals are great, are being briefed. Mike Pence is being briefed, who is, by the way, one of my very good decisions. He's terrific. And they're being briefed. And I'm being briefed also.

"But if they're going to come in and tell me the exact same thing that they told me, you know, that doesn't change necessarily. There might 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 (Wallace), the same thing every day, every morning, same words -- 'Sir, nothing has changed. Let's go over it again.' I don't need that."

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday that the presidential daily briefings are not the same thing every day:

"The world changes, different topics are highlighted. They're used not just for urgent news and an immediate warning, they're used to build up that database that the president will rely on over his time in office."

Hayden said it's also important for the intelligence community to hear daily from the president -- "what his concerns are, where he wants them to place their emphasis. This is not transmission. This is an important dialogue. And why would the president want to give that up?" Hayden asked.

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