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Sat Feb 2, 2019, 05:19 PM

Trump asked Intelligence officials 2 questions in a briefing prior to meeting with Theresa May.

'Willful Ignorance.' Inside President Trump's Troubled Intelligence Briefings

The problem has existed since the beginning of Trumpís presidency, the intelligence officials say, and for a time they tried to respond to the Presidentís behavior in briefings with dark humor. After a briefing in preparation for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, for example, the subject turned to the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia. The island is home to an important airbase and a U.S. Naval Support Facility that are central to Americaís ability to project power in the region, including in the war in Afghanistan.

The President, officials familiar with the briefing said, asked two questions: Are the people nice, and are the beaches good? ďSome of us wondered if he was thinking about our alliance with the Brits and the security issues in an important area where the Chinese have been increasingly active, or whether he was thinking like a real estate developer,Ē one of the officials said wryly.

In another briefing on South Asia, Trumpís advisors brought a map of the region from Afghanistan to Bangladesh, according to intelligence officers with knowledge of the meeting and congressional officials who were briefed on it. Trump, they said, pointed at the map and said he knew that Nepal was part of India, only to be told that it is an independent nation. When said he was familiar with Bhutan and knew it, too, was part of India, his briefers told him that Bhutan was an independent kingdom. Last August, Politico reported on presidentís mispronunciation of the names of the two countries during the same briefing.

But the disconnect between Trump and his intelligence briefers is no joke, the officials say. Several pointed to concerns regarding Trumpís assessment of the threat posed by North Koreaís nuclear capabilities. After Trumpís summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last summer, the North claimed to have destroyed its major underground nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri, and Trump has gone out of his way to credit the claim.


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Reply Trump asked Intelligence officials 2 questions in a briefing prior to meeting with Theresa May. (Original post)
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Sat Feb 2, 2019, 05:30 PM

1. He's not only wilfully ignorant -

he just doesn't give a shit.

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