2018-06-08 17:22:23 UTC
The manner in which Donald Trump consumes all the extremely important and
confidential information he needs to know has been the subject of much
controversy and ridicule. Because Trump appears to have the reading
comprehension level of a milk cap, his daily briefings largely rely on oral
presentations, lots of graphics, and probably Apprentice episodes dubbed over
with crucial intelligence for the day.
Enter: The Book.
According to Axios, The Book is the briefing binder aides have compiled that
features all the information theyre trying to cram in to the presidents head
in the most efficient way possible. Only, its not really a book:
"With President Trump, The Book is sometime a notebook, sometimes a stack of
papers with a big clip, and sometimes a stack of folders.
Trump may flip through this book during Executive Time, which is what they
call the Fox & Friends-to-Trumps-Twitter human centipede conveyor belt every
morning. While The Book does contain his schedules, events, and information on
policy, it also contains news clippings meant to counteract all the bad press he
gets on televisionthat is, the news reporting on the things he doesto grab
his attention. It can even include screen grabs of cable news chyrons, Axios
Apparently Trump straight-up ignored former national security advisor H. R.
McMaster, who attempted to give the president briefings with a text-heavy Power
"He used complete sentences! said one person who saw the briefings, and knows
better about how Trump likes his information.
Trump demands his briefings be so concise and heavily edited that according to
one source, the bullet points are basically slogans.
Nothing to see here! Just the president continuing to lack the mental capacity
to play a round of Go Fish, let alone lead the country.