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Trump Has Attended Only Two Intelligence Briefings: Sources

Trump has turned the briefings down to focus on meetings with potential Cabinet members, media executives and business associates

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    Trump Has Attended Only Two Intelligence Briefings: Sources
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    President-elect Donald Trump, left, calls out to media as he and Vice President-elect Mike Pence appear at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    President-elect Donald Trump has had only two intelligence briefings since he won the election over two weeks ago, intelligence sources told NBC News Wednesday — a much lower number than his predecessors and lower even than Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

    A senior intelligence official cautioned that it is too early to know what the significance of Trump's sparse briefing schedule really is, given that he is in the middle of his transition process.

    While a team of intelligence analysts remains ready and waiting to deliver briefings to the president-elect, sources told NBC News he has accepted them only twice. Instead, Trump has turned the briefings down to focus on meetings with potential Cabinet members, media executives and business associates.

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence, on the other hand, has received the briefings nearly every day, the sources said.

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