Donald Trump and classified intelligence briefings go together like toothpaste and orange juice. Or maybe that's not totally accurate since healthy teeth and O.J. are good on their own and Donald Trump is a living Yahoo comments section with a toupee stapled on it. Either way, telling Donald Trump secret national security information seems like a bad idea. Adding the shy, retiring Chris Christie and shouty general Michael Flynn to the briefing would only seem to be a worse idea. And hey what do you know, NBC News reports that Christie told Flynn to shut up in the middle of the briefing. Can't wait until all these alpha males are deciding how to run the country the old fashioned way.
NBC looked into what actually happened at Trump's August 17th security briefing, after he told a ball-gagged Matt Lauer that his amazing ability to translate body language revealed that people briefing him were pissed at Obama because he didn't follow their policy advice. Not only was that apparently untrue, but two sources told NBC that Christie either told General Flynn to shut up or to calm down after he repeatedly interrupted the security briefing.
And in what's become a daily ritual, Donald Trump is being accused of lying about a very easily refutable statement. In this instance, one U.S. official told NBC that the briefing officers don't give policy advice, and another official told the site that intelligence officials are specifically trained not to give away their thoughts through their body language.
So, throw another one on the pile of routine lies Trump tells at his public appearances. At least he's got a very polished and professional policy team in Washington turning his laudanum-addled thoughts into coherent policy proposals in the event he actually wins, right? Why just look right here in the Washington Post:
The Trump campaign built a large policy shop in Washington that has now largely melted away because of neglect, mismanagement and promises of pay that were never honored. Many of the team’s former members say the campaign leadership never took the Washington office seriously and let it wither away after squeezing it dry.
Maybe this policy expert is still available?