“Wildly unlikely, let me tell you,” Priess said of Trump’s description of his briefings. “Intel briefers do not make policy recommendations. Period.” A national security expert familiar with the process said Trump’s briefers would not have expressed displeasure in any way. That expert asked to speak anonymously because of political sensitivities. Intelligence analysts and briefers present assessments of global situations to try to reduce uncertainties for an administration making policy decisions, Priess and other former briefers said. They do not recommend a course of action. Doling out policy advice, Priess said, is “the third rail of intelligence — you don’t touch it.” The senior-level intelligence teams that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper set up to handle the candidates’ briefings are career military and intelligence officers, not political appointees, and wouldn’t make such a “rookie mistake,” he said. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence refused to comment. In contrast, the picture Trump painted seemed quite different. vocationIn a commander in chief forum on NBC, Trump said he received briefings from experts on Iraq, Iran and Russia, and that one thing had “shocked” him. “It just seems to me that what they said, President Obama and Hillary Clinton and John Kerry — who is another total disaster — did exactly the opposite,” he said, mentioning the current secretary of state.
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