Priess: Historical Perspective on Trump’s Relationship with Intelligence

With a series of disparaging remarks about the intelligence community (IC) from President-elect Donald Trump in recent weeks, David Priess, a former CIA analyst and author of The President’s Book of Secrets, offered historical perspective on how the relationship between the two parties could evolve.

Speaking at The Cipher Brief’s monthly Georgetown Salon Series event, Priess also addressed reports that Trump chooses not to receive the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) – analysis compiled by the IC that provides the president and other high-ranking officials with sensitive intelligence on world events – every day.

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” —Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62

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