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White House says Trump reads amid questions about his handling of intelligence briefing

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany answers questions during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House used a last-minute briefing Tuesday to continue defending President Donald Trump against accusations he let languish intelligence about Russia paying bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops.

(CNN)The White House used a last-minute briefing Tuesday to continue defending President Donald Trump against accusations he let languish intelligence about Russia paying bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops.

Announced an hour ahead of time, the briefing came as Trump's election-year rival Joe Biden accused the President of shirking his duties as commander in chief by not acting on the intelligence when it first appeared in the President's Daily Brief, the highly classified summary of the nation's secrets.

"The President does read and he also consumes intelligence verbally," she said when questioned why Trump isn't reading the PDB.

A former senior administration official who was part of the team that delivered Trump's intelligence briefings said the President typically relies on a graphic-driven summation of current threats accompanied by an oral briefing, instead of reading through the material compiled by national security aides.

The official said Trump often complained about the information presented to him at the briefings, preferring to have potential solutions to national security threats offered to him rather than just the problems.

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