According to a new book titled “Getting to Know the President” written by John Helgerson, a former inspector general at the CIA, trying to brief Trump on intelligence matters was ‘chaotic.’
Then-President Trump didn’t want to read the daily briefings but constantly interrupted the oral reports and preferred a ‘fact-free’ brief.
Infamously, Trump started believing his own insiders — and Putin — over the country’s own Intelligence agencies.
Overall, author Helgerson believes, the briefing process barely survived Trump’s presidency.
“[He] publicly criticized the outgoing directors of national intelligence and the CIA, and disparaged the substantive work and integrity of the intelligence agencies. From the outset, it was clear that the IC was in for a difficult time.’