FACT CHECK: Did Trump Say, ‘I Can Do My Job Without Any Intelligence Whatsoever’?

Aryssa Damron | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claimed that President Donald Trump stopped receiving intelligence briefings. It quotes him as saying, “I can do my job without any intelligence whatsoever.”

“His actual quote,” the meme insists.

Verdict: False

Trump continues to receive intel briefings, according to White House calendars. The quote did not originate with Trump, but with a January satire article about him.

Fact Check:

In light of reports that Trump “rarely if ever” reads the daily intel brief prepared for the president, this meme takes that sort of reporting a step further by incorrectly stating that Trump stopped taking in-person briefings altogether. (The president’s public schedule still shows the White House holding these meetings.)

As far as the quote attributed to Trump, The Daily Caller found no record of him ever making such a statement. The supposed remark actually originated with a satire article by Andy Borowitz of The New Yorker.

Written in January, the piece uses wordplay to mock Trump’s intelligence, as “intelligence” can refer to both intellect and the sort of fact-finding done by the CIA.

“I’ve listened to these people with so-called intelligence go on and on, and, quite frankly, it’s a waste of time,” it fictitiously quotes Trump as saying. “I know a lot more than people with intelligence do.”

The article continues: “Trump added that he has stopped receiving intelligence briefings at the White House, arguing, ‘I can do my job without any intelligence whatsoever.'”

The New Yorker clearly notes that the piece is satire, whereas the Facebook post does the opposite – it insists that Trump actually said this remark.

Per NBC News, an analysis of Trump’s schedule by a former CIA briefer found that he has taken in-person briefings at roughly the same rate as Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

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Aryssa Damron

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