President-elect Donald Trump has only received two intelligence briefings since winning the 2016 presidential election -- a number significantly lower than past president-elects -- according to a report (video below).
Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway doesn't deny that's the case.
In contrast, Vice President-elect Mike Pence has received intelligence briefings almost every day, anonymous officials told The Washington Post.
“Trump has a lot of catching up to do,” an official said.
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But Republican Rep. David Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a senior member of Trump’s transition team, said Trump is doing just fine.
“National security is Donald Trump’s No. 1 priority and I think he’s taking it very seriously,” Nunes said. “Look how many leaders he’s met with, how many phone calls he’s done, positions he’s filled. People who are being critical need to get a life.”
During an interview with CNN, Conway pushed back on the Washington Post report but wouldn't deny that Trump has turned down intelligence briefings.
“I can’t discuss that publicly,” Conway said. “What I can tell you is that he is the most engaged individual I’ve ever met and brilliant to boot, and he is certainly availing himself of the information that is provided to him from a number of sources, including those intelligence briefings.”
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Past presidents-elect received almost daily intelligence briefings, similar to what Pence is reportedly receiving, and the task becomes a daily part of a president's job.
Former CIA Director Michael Morell told The Washington Post that Trump must pay more attention to the intelligence briefings that involve the national security of millions of Americans.
“The president-elect is missing out on a golden opportunity to learn about the national security threats and challenges facing our nation,” Morell said.