PANETTA: TRUMP WILL BE RESPONSIBLE IF TERRORISTS ATTACK
Veteran national-security official Leon Panetta lashed out at Donald Trump on Wednesday for skipping daily military-intelligence briefings.
Politico reported that the former secretary of defense and CIA chief was responding to the president-elect’s comments Sunday on “Fox News Sunday.” Trump claimed he requires only one briefing per week because he is “like, a smart person.” The incoming president argued that he does “not need to hear the same thing every day for eight years,” suggesting he is already anticipating a second term.
Since last month’s election, Trump has attended the briefings “only a handful of times,” according to Politico. Other members of his administration, most notably Vice President-elect Mike Pence, reportedly show up for the meetings every day.
“I’ve seen presidents who have asked questions about whether that intelligence is verifiable, what are the sources for that intelligence, but I have never seen a president who said, ‘I don’t want that stuff,’” Panetta said during a conference in Dubai, according to Reuters. “If we endure another attack and the intelligence officials had indications or information regarding that attack and the president did not want to listen to that, for whatever reason, the responsibility for that attack would fall on the president.”
Panetta predicted that Trump’s refusal to attend the briefings “can’t last” after he takes the oath of office next month.