White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany opened Tuesday’s White House briefing with a defense of President Donald Trump’s refusal to read the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) — and his claims that he wasn’t aware Russia had put bounties out for Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops.
“The president does read, and also he consumes intelligence verbally. This president, I will tell you, is the most informed person on planet Earth when it comes to the threats we face,” McEnany said. “You have Ambassador O’Brien, who sees him in person twice a day, who sometimes takes upwards of half a dozen calls with this president. He’s constantly being informed and briefed on intelligence matters.”