Since taking office in 2016, Trump has been open about his disdain for security briefings. He even once said he didn’t need to go to daily briefings before he’s a “smart person”.

Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and defence secretary for President Barack Obama, has even highlighted the potential danger that Trump’s approach to intelligence can cause.

He told the Washington Post:

Something will be missed.

If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn’t taken the time to read that intel, it increases the risk that he will make a mistake.

You can have the smartest people around you — in the end it still comes down to his decision.

Instead, though, it seems like Trump’s world view is shaped by the hosts of Fox News. The president reportedly watches hours of the right-leaning news network every day.

Matthew Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, thinks that a recent Trump tweet where he threatened to “end” Iran came nine minutes after a segment that aired on Fox News.

On Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted:

There are many other instances where Trump has tweeted information that seems to be a word-for-word copy of segments on the channel.

This Twitter thread shows the disturbing amount of times where Trump seems to have been directly influenced by the news channel.

H/T: Upworthy

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