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Panetta: If Terrorists Attack, Trump Is To Blame For Missing Intelligence Briefings

Donald Trump will be to blame if terrorists are able to attack the United States because he is uninformed about security threats, Leon Panetta declared Wednesday.

The former CIA director and Defense Department secretary told Fox News on Sunday that Trump should rethink his decision to attend just one intelligence briefing per week. Previous presidents and presidents-elect have received daily briefings, according to Politico. Trump claimed he does not need to do so because “I’m, like, a smart person.” In his absence, Vice President-elect Mike Pence has been going to the daily briefings.

“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 remarked during a conference hosted by the government of 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 also blasted Trump for denying reports by national-security experts that the Russian government tried to influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 presidential election. “When it comes to Russian interference in our last campaign, 17 intelligence agencies agree that Russia is involved in that effort,” Panetta said. “I think the president would do well to say we ought to find out what Russia’s role was. We ought to investigate it and ensure that it never happens again.”

Source: Politico
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