The U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats, announced on Sunday that they will be cutting down the president’s daily intelligence briefings to a maximum of 140 characters using a private Twitter account.
According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, this is being done to help the president digest information in a format that is familiar and pleasing to him, especially after his declaration that anything reported outside of his narrow worldview is “fake news.”
As the DNI gathers its information from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other intelligence sources, many were worried that Trump’s request for such actions would compromise the administration’s diplomacy and security efforts.
“At first we were surprised that he would make such a request, as 140 characters cannot convey even the smallest issue well enough,” FBI representative Brad Ware explained. “Then we realized that the president would simply ignore anything that is longer than a single tweet, especially if it doesn’t pertain to how great he is, or people attacking his supposed greatness.”
According to an intelligence insider, the first brief, stating “Civil war still ongoing in Yemen, issue a drone strike Yay or nay?” was too difficult the president to understand. After discussing with the presidents administration the DNI rephrased the brief to “Country with oil going cray cray? Make boom boom?” to make it more accessible for Trump, who eventually signed off on the drone strike.
“The intelligence briefings the president receives shape his world view,” Ware explained. ”But since this man’s world view is totally warped we decided to dumb down the briefings to match the current administration.”