Trump Says He Doesn’t Need Daily Intelligence Briefings: I’m ‘Smart’

In an interview that aired Sunday, Donald Trump acknowledged that he doesn’t receive intelligence briefings every day, arguing that he’s “smart” enough to only receive them occasionally.

“I get it when I need it,” Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked how often he gets intelligence briefings. “You know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”

Trump said that he’s told advisers that if something changes, he should be briefed immediately but that otherwise he does not need constant briefings. He added that Mike Pence and his “generals” are getting briefed regularly.

Trump also addressed climate change, which he called a “hoax” on the campaign trail.

“I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows,” Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” regarding climate change. “Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch.”

He said he was “studying” the Paris climate accord but would not say whether he would try to leave the agreement.

Wallace asked Trump if he would “take a wrecking ball to the Obama legacy.”

“No. No. No. I don’t want to do that at all. I just want what’s right,” Trump replied.

“EPA, you can’t get things approved. I mean, people are waiting in line for 15 years before they get rejected, okay?” he continued. “That’s why people don’t want to invest in this country.”

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