- The President must demonstrate convincingly that his intelligence staff has his unfailing trust and respect
- Most key leaders internationally receive briefings in some form or another from their intelligence chiefs.
- Over the years, the President's Daily Brief has served every President most effectively.
David A. Andelman, editor emeritus of World Policy Journal and member of the board of contributors of USA Today, is the co-author, with the Count de Marenches, head of the DGSE, of "The Fourth World War: Diplomacy and Espionage the Age of Terrorism." Follow him on Twitter @DavidAndelman. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)Donald Trump doesn't need to be briefed every day by his top intelligence professionals. Most of the other leading heads of state in the Western alliance do not receive daily briefs directly from their espionage and intelligence agencies. But there is a critical caveat.