According to a report from Politico, during an intense and highly classified briefing on Afghanistan, President Trump ordered malts.
That’s right. Malts. The story has now become somewhat of a legend around the White House. Read on for details.
A mere months after Trump took office, during an important meeting about classified intelligence, Trump INSISTED that a room full of senior defense and intelligence officials simply MUST try the malts at his New Jersey golf club.
According to three former CIA officials who remembered the event, the President asked, “Does anyone want a malt? We have the best malts, you have to try them.”
Insiders say that Trump’s behavior at that time was a good indicator of his interest in important intelligence briefings, or rather, his disinterest in them. The Politico report stated that some people also view that moment as the beginning of Trump weaponizing intelligence information in partisan battles. t
It’s been long documented that intelligence officials have had to be careful about how they relay sensitive information to Trump.
We’ve heard how the president would rather the reports be READ to him as opposed to him reading a written report and former advisers have even admitted to hiding Russia news because they didn’t want to anger Trump.
A former senior national security staffer said, “The president has created an environment that dissuades, if not prohibits, the mentioning of any intelligence that isn’t favorable to Russia.”
Politico reported that intelligence officials believe Joe Bide will have an uphill battle to try to repair the damage to the relationship between the White House and the intelligence community.
Former NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell said, “There is no question that Biden and his team will have an urgent task in restoring faith, trust, competence, and morale in the intelligence community. It’s going to be a huge effort.”