Vastavam web: Joe Biden on Monday got his first look as president-elect at the President’s Daily Brief, a top secret summary of US intelligence and world events a document former first lady Michelle Obama has called The Death, Destruction, and Horrible Things Book.” Biden has already had eyes on different iterations of the so-called PDB, which is tailored to the way each president likes to absorb information.
More than a decade ago, Biden read President George W Bush’s PDB during Biden’s transition into the vice presidency. Now, after a four-year break, he’s reading President Donald Trump’s PDB. The briefers almost certainly will be asking Biden what he prefers in terms of format and style, said David Priess, author of The President’s Book of Secrets, a history of the PDB.
At a minimum, they’re seeing what seems to resonate most with him so that when they make the book his book, they can tailor it to him.
Michelle called it The Death, Destruction, and Horrible Things Book, Obama wrote in his recently released book, A Promised Land.” On a given day, I might read about terrorist cells in Somalia or unrest in Iraq or the fact that the Chinese or Russians were developing new weapons systems,” Obama wrote. “Nearly always, there was mention of potential terrorist plots, no matter how vague, thinly sourced, or unactionable a form of due diligence on the part of the intelligence community, meant to avoid the kind of second-guessing that had transpired after 9/11. Trump himself said during his campaign and during the transition in 2016 that he did not like reading long documents that he preferred bullet points, said Priess, who has not seen any of Trump’s PDBs.
The written brief, which Trump doesn’t always read, often is followed by a verbal briefing with an intelligence official, although those oral briefings stopped at least for a time in October. Priess said he didn’t know why they stopped or if they had resumed, but that they stopped at a time when Trump was spending much of his time on the campaign trail. The other thing that a president-elect gets is a briefing “on CIA’s covert actions, former acting CIA director Mike Morell said at an event hosted by the Center for Presidential Transition based in Washington. “It’s important for the president-elect to get this briefing … because on Inauguration Day, these covert actions will become the new president’s.