Biden set to receive first president's daily intelligence brief Monday

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President-elect Joe Biden marks a milestone on his path to the White House Monday when he gets his first President's Daily Brief -- the intelligence community's collection of secrets, intelligence, and analysis about long- and short-term threats US leaders need to know to run the country and keep it safe.
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President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede the election, relented only last week on his initial refusal to allow Biden access to the nation's most vital intelligence -- a tradition based on US national security interests to ensure the election's winner and their incoming team are as ready as possible to cope with global threats and challenges. In 2016, Trump received his first PDB, as it is known, a week after the election.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will get the same briefing on Monday with Biden, the transition team said Wednesday, ending the strange situation where she, as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had access to more classified intelligence than the President-elect.

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Monday's briefing could give Biden and Harris their first deep insight into urgent questions -- including how Iran is planning to respond to the assassination of its premier nuclear scientist and what is known about that killing -- and on longer term strategic concerns. How is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's health? Is a fringe terror group showing signs of developing larger ambitions?

Former officials who know Biden said he will be a disciplined and enthusiastic consumer of both the written materials and the oral briefing that accompanies them.

"From my experience with then-Vice President Biden, he was an avid reader and in general a voracious consumer of intelligence," said Obama's last director of national intelligence, James Clapper. "I'm sure he will be especially so as President."

Biden's approach will mark another contrast to Trump, who has skipped getting the PDB every day , and rarely reads the written materials, preferring oral briefings on certain intelligence issues, according to the Washington Post.

"President Joe Biden won't get a Cliff Notes version of the PDB," Samantha Vinograd, a former senior adviser at the National Security Council, told CNN.

Vinograd, now a CNN national security analyst, said that for…
Nicole Gaouette, Alex Marquardt and Vivian Salama, CNN
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