Man Who Runs Most Powerful Country in the World Rarely Reads Daily Intelligence Briefing

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Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.


Hey, remember this?: (h/t Jake Tapper)


Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Unlike the seven presidents who came before him, Donald Trump does not read the President’s Daily Brief, a critical document that lays out the most “pressing information collected by U.S. intelligence agencies from hot spots around the world,” according to the Washington Post. [Washington Post]
  • The government shutdown is over and Trump signed a massive budget deal that includes funding for CHIP, aid to Puerto Rico, and infrastructure, but does not include protection for DREAMers. [Los Angeles Times]
  • The Department of Homeland Security continues to find new ways to target immigrants and is now reportedly considering going after non-citizens who benefit from government-subsidized programs like food stamps. What a great country this is. [Reuters]
  • Mike Pence says, “There’s no tolerance in this White House, and no place in America for domestic abuse,” but, uh, the Trump administration’s record says very much the opposite. [NBC News]

Here are some tweets the President was allowed to publish:


This has been Barf Bag.

Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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Rachel Brand, the number three at Justice, just resigned. As did a White House speechwriter (for wife-beating).

Kelly has broached the subject of resigning and Trump is reportedly pissed at him.

So, right now, I imagine Trump is wandering the White House in his bathrobe, heading off to his bedroom, where he will wallow in half-eaten Big Macs and spilled chocolate shakes. He’ll cap the evening off with a hazy phone call to Hope Hicks, belching, “Hey Hopey... sorry your boyfriend is a wife-beater. How about you come over? I just finished a bucket of the Colonel’s Original Recipe and I want to wipe the grease all over your smokin’ bod.”