The PDBs are a daily synthesis of global events and issues. They are supposed to help the president of the United States get a clear view of the pressing problems we face as a country, and hopefully inform their list of priorities. For example, a growing worldwide pandemic will lead to enormous issues across not only our country, but the world. Examples of some of the things that can happen due to a global pandemic can be seen right now; we are living it because Donald Trump and his administration failed to act early enough, and subsequently hasn’t been able to get on top of it.
But Trump skips most of his daily briefings, and supposedly can barely handle the even more dumbed down “oral summary he now takes two or three times per week.” The Office of the Director of National Intelligence told the Post that “The detail of this is not true.” Whatever that means? The official reportedly did not “explain or elaborate,” though I imagine he just jumped out of his office window and into a car to speed off into the desert.
The Trump administration will say Trump wasn’t briefed, or at the very least Trump himself will say he wasn’t briefed. Or maybe he will say he was and he clearly did everything possible, but some magical person from the past thwarted his efforts. Who knows? Whatever Trump ends up saying, you can put your money on one thing: it won’t be the truth.
One week ago, Trump boasted that his administration was only going to have 60,000 dead Americans on its hands. As of Monday, April 27, we are about to blow past that number.