Trump has not received a daily intel briefing since the day after he briefed the Russians

President Donald Trump walks back into the White House in Washington after seeing off Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Erdogan's visit, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

As Shareblue has reported previously, Donald Trump has deviated significantly from the intelligence briefing practices of prior administrations.

These sessions which used to be labeled the Presidential Daily Brief or PDB, but which the current administration calls the daily intelligence briefing are of debatable value to Trump, as it is not clear whether he pays any attention at all to them. But for whatever they are worth, Trump hasnt been receiving them since last Thursday.

His last scheduled daily intelligence briefing was on May 11, the only event on his schedule that day, and came less than 24 hours after his Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador and alleged spymaster Sergey Kislyak.

Trump has not received a briefing since then, or since news emerged that Trump had divulged classified information to the Russians during that meeting which means the Russians may be almost as up to date on our intel as the president is.

In an apples-to-apples comparison on this topic with President Obamas first three months in office, Trump lags far behind: Through the end of April, Obama had received 58 PDBs, while Trump had received only 44 of his daily intelligence briefings over the same time period.

There are significant differences beyond the numbers, though. Obama received and read the PDB every day of his presidency, while Trump cant be bothered to read anything that doesnt have his own name in it, or isnt printed out from an unreliable internet source. And for the first 23 days of Trumps presidency, those briefings were given to him by disgraced National Security Adviser and literal foreign agent Michael Flynn.

The reasons for this current gap are unclear, although Trump also went a week without briefings following the Flynn firing. While current National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has doggedly covered for Trump in public, it would fall to him to ensure Trump is briefed, which he is apparently letting slide.

Given Trumps disqualifying carelessness with classified information, the dearth of intel briefings could well be a blessing, but not nearly the blessing that a competent and loyal president would be.

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