National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has set the record straight on the media’s attempt to show some kind of scandal with President Trump.
O’Brien stated that Trump was never briefed and it was a career intelligence official’s decision not to brief Trump.
According to The Daily Caller:
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday that a career intelligence official made the ultimate decision not to brief President Donald Trump on information regarding possible Russian payments to Taliban fighters to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
O’Brien blasted government officials who leaked information about the intelligence to The New York Times, saying that the disclosure has stymied efforts to verify the intelligence. He also criticized the paper, accusing it of falsely reporting that Trump had been briefed on the intelligence but failed to act.
“I’m somewhat surprised that The New York Times ran with the story. The president was not briefed because at the time of these allegations they were not corroborated.”
He said that Trump’s briefer, a career CIA officer, “decided not to brief him because it was unverified intelligence.”
O’Brien said that based on the circumstances he supports the CIA officer’s decision not to brief President Trump.