The Challenge of Briefing a “Fire and Forget” Trump

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Current and former Intelligence Community heads say intelligence briefings must shift under President Donald Trump to acknowledge his tendency to be what National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Susan Gordon described as a “fire and forget” type of leader.

During a discussion at The Cipher Brief’s Annual Threat Conference in Sea Island, Georgia on Thursday, the challenges of briefing Trump on national security took center stage as top officials both in and out of government debated the best way to present intelligence to the president.

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