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Thu May 21, 2020, 10:03 PM

Intelligence Officials Reportedly Struggle To Brief Trump Because He's Like A Giant Toddler

Intelligence Officials Reportedly Struggle To Brief Trump Because He’s Like A Giant Toddler

ERIC LUTZ at Vanity Fair

MAY 21, 2020 3:36 PM

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/intelligence-officials-reportedly-struggle-to-brief-donald-trump-because-hes-a-giant-toddler/amp

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Donald Trump has blamed his intelligence officials for failing to alert him to the gravity of the coronavirus threat, which he spent nearly two months ignoring and downplaying as it escalated. “They did NOT bring up the CoronaVirus subject matter until late into January, just prior to my banning China from the U.S.,” he tweeted this month, overstating the action he took in the early days of the crisis. “Also, they only spoke of the Virus in a very non-threatening, or matter of fact, manner.” But according to a New York Times reportThursday, it wasn’t so much that intelligence agencies didn’t warn him about the looming pandemic—it’s that Trump is, as he might put it, a “low IQ individual” who cannot understand or pay attention to his briefings.

Trump, current and former intelligence officials told the Times, has “a short attention span,” frequently “veers off on tangents,” and “rarely, if ever, reads intelligence reports.” He “rarely absorbs information that he disagrees with or that runs counter to his worldview,” the officials said. And, perhaps most critically, he is “particularly difficult to brief on critical national security matters”—like, for instance, a public health crisis of a scale not seen in a century. Trump allies like Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, have spun his unique approach to briefings as the work of a maverick “questioning the assumptions and using the opportunity to broaden the discussion to include real-world perspectives.” But the Times report, like others before it, paints a portrait of an easily-distracted president who is too lazy to do the basic work of his job and who relies instead on rumors and opinions offered in conservative media and from pals like retired golfer Gary Player.

Trump has been infamously resistant to briefings throughout his presidency; already distrustful of intelligence agencies, regarding them as part of the “deep state” that supposedly tried to prevent his presidency and has since worked to undermine it, he has also reportedly struggled to pay attention to briefings that don’t have his name strategically peppered throughout them. Such inattention and incompetence would be bad under any circumstance. But the pandemic, which has killed nearly 100,000 in the U.S. and more than 328,000 globally, has thrown into stark relief the danger of having a careless idiot blindfolded at the wheel.


The president was briefed more than a dozen timesin January and February about the coronavirus threat, ignoring warnings about the crisis and minimizing its significance until it was too late—at which point he promptly began shifting the blame, politicizing the disaster, and now pressuring states to reopen their businesses whether or not they meet the safety benchmarks his own administration outlined. His delay in acting appears to have had devastating consequences; according to a new study out of Columbia University Wednesday, imposing social distancing restrictions even a week earlier could have saved at least 36,000 Americans’ lives.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:04 PM

1. Toddlers are smarter.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 10:36 PM

2. But At Least People Don't DIE When Toddlers Throw Temper Tantrums

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 11:10 PM

3. Someone drop the drooling, repulsive little man-toddler off on the median

and hopefully he'll wander out onto the freeway.

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #3)

Fri May 22, 2020, 02:00 AM

5. Give him a bag of rusty razor blades to play with while he's on the freeway.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 01:25 AM

4. I really can't believe we can't get rid of someone who is this much of a fucking disaster.

What is it going to take? How many people have to die for his incompetence? How much does the economy have to suffer? How many people have to be out of work and destitute? He is a complete and utter failure. I honestly don't think we can afford another six months of him.

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