In the United States, the presidential election is held in early November. Even if the incumbent loses, they still remain in office for another 2 months until the mid-January inauguration.
Following Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden, he focused all of his energy on having the results overturned. Once that failed, however, he essentially went to Florida and stopped doing his job.
According to former CIA Inspector General John Helgerson outlines just how badly Trump was checked out. The report states that the 45th president received no intel briefings during his last month in office.
In his new book, Helgerson writes:
“After the 2020 election, PDB briefings also continued for a period of time. When Sanner briefed the president before he went to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays, he commented that he would see her later. The briefings were to resume on 6 January, but none were scheduled after the attack on the Capitol.”
Even before the briefings were stopped, Trump took them in a much different way than his predecessors. Since he didn’t like to read, the reports were given in bullet-proof form. And the former president was also deeply distrustful of intelligence agencies, so he didn’t trust all of the information.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.