Former CIA director Leon Panetta stated on Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump risked being blamed after any potential assault on the USA if he refused to obtain extra common intelligence briefings.
U.S. officers informed Reuters that Trump is receiving a mean of 1 presidential intelligence briefing every week – far fewer than most of his current predecessors – however that his deputy Mike Pence will get briefings round six days every week.
Panetta, a former Democratic Congressman who served as CIA director and protection secretary in President Barack Obama’s first time period, advised the Arab Technique Discussion board, a convention sponsored by the federal government of Dubai, that Trump’s aversion “can’t final.”
“I’ve seen presidents who’ve requested questions on whether or not that intelligence is verifiable, what are the sources for that intelligence, however I’ve by no means seen a president who stated, ‘I don’t need that stuff,’” Panetta stated.
“If we endure one other assault and the intelligence officers had indications or info relating to that assault and the president didn’t need to take heed to that, for no matter cause, the duty for that assault would fall on the president.”
In an interview with Fox Information on Sunday, Trump stated he discovered the intelligence briefings repetitive and that he already understood potential threats.
“You realize, I’m a sensible individual. I don’t need to be informed the identical issues in the identical phrases each single day for the subsequent eight years,” Trump stated.
Panetta stated Trump ought to heed the view of U.S. intelligence businesses that Russia had interfered within the presidential election by way of cyberattacks.
“In terms of Russian interference in our final marketing campaign, 17 intelligence businesses agree that Russia is concerned in that effort. I feel the President would do properly to say we ought to seek out out what Russia’s position was, we ought to research it and make sure that it by no means occurs once more.”
The CIA reportedly believes Russian hacking was aimed toward boosting Trump’s candidacy – an evaluation not shared by the FBI, which together with different U.S. businesses has concluded that Russian cyberattacks sought usually to undermine the election.
Trump referred to as the CIA evaluation “ridiculous”, and Russia has denied meddling within the election.
(Reporting by Noah Browning, modifying by Sami Aboudi and Mark Trevelyan)