Former CIA director Leon Panetta said Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump may risk being blamed for a terrorist attack on the United States if he doesn’t take regular daily intelligence briefings.
Trump is supposedly receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week . This number is fewer than almost all of his recent predecessors.
Panetta, according to Reuters, a former Democratic Congressman who served as CIA director and defense secretary in President Barack Obama’s first term, told the Arab Strategy Forum, a conference sponsored by the government of Dubai, that Trump’s aversion “can’t last.”
At the conference Panetta stated,
“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. 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.”
However, Trump refutes that claim.