We have heard this before.
Courtesy of NYT:
Mr. Trump, who has mounted a yearslong attack on the intelligence agencies, is particularly difficult to brief on critical national security matters, according to interviews with 10 current and former intelligence officials familiar with his intelligence briefings.
The president veers off on tangents and getting him back on topic is difficult, they said. He has a short attention span and rarely, if ever, reads intelligence reports, relying instead on conservative media and his friends for information. He is unashamed to interrupt intelligence officers and riff based on tips or gossip he hears from the former casino magnate Steve Wynn, the retired golfer Gary Player or Christopher Ruddy, the conservative media executive.
Mr. Trump rarely absorbs information that he disagrees with or that runs counter to his worldview, the officials said. Briefing him has been so great a challenge compared with his predecessors that the intelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to study how better to present information to him.
Working to keep Mr. Trump’s interest exhausted and burned out his first briefer, Ted Gistaro, two former officials said. Mr. Gistaro did not always know what to expect and would sometimes have to brief an erratic and angry president upset over news reports, the officials said.
This is not the first time that we have heard about Trump’s short attention span and difficulty comprehending and retaining complex information.
In the past we have heard that his briefings were held every other day instead of every day like his predecessors and that the information packets had to be colorful and contain pictures to hold his attention.
Even with that Trump does not like to read what is written, and insists that it be explained in simple language while he argues back against facts that he does not want to accept as reality.
Of course, all of this takes on a new urgency with the Coronavirus pandemic that Trump has proven woefully unable to handle.
In fact, he continues to insist to this day that he is just hearing new information contained in questions posed by reporters that he should have been briefed on days or weeks before.
In short, the man is an idiot and he should never have been placed in a position of such authority.
Our job as Americans is to remove him from that responsibility and to put somebody infinitely more capable in his place.