President Obama warned Donald Trump over the importance of attending intelligence briefings and weighed in on Russia interfering in our country’s election. Obama criticized Trump for “flying blind” by not taking his intelligence briefings seriously. It’s been reported that Trump is attending only one meeting per week and he’s justified that by saying he’s ‘smart’ so he doesn’t need to attend them daily.
“Russia trying to influence our elections dates back to the Soviet Union. What they did here, hacking some emails and releasing them, is not a particularly fancy brand of espionage or propaganda,” Obama told Trevor Noah Monday night on “The Daily Show.”
“The real question that I think we all have to reflect on is what’s happened to our political system where some emails that were hacked and released ended up being the overwhelming story and the constant source of coverage, breathless coverage that was depicted as somehow damning in all sorts of ways, when the truth of the matter was it was fairly routine stuff,” President Obama continued.
On Obamacare, the President said, “It will be interesting to watch Republicans, who now actually have to produce, come up with a replacement that works better. I don’t think they will.”
Obama suggested that Trump may see things differently once he’s in office.
“I think the president-elect may say one thing and do another once he’s here because the truth of the matter is, it’s a big, complicated world,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how smart you are, you have to have the best information possible to make the best decisions possible … and if you’re not getting [the intel community’s] perspective, their detailed perspective, then you are flying blind.”
Obama assured Noah that he will not be silent if, for example, a Muslim registry is set up.
“I’m, like, a smart person,” Trump said on Sunday. “I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”
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