Obama Makes Final ‘Daily Show’ Appearance, Says Trump May As Well Be ‘Flying Blind’

When he’s not interviewing alt-right faves, Trevor Noah is speaking to people we actually want to hear from––like President Obama. On Monday night, Obama made his final appearance on The Daily Show before he leaves office, during which he low-key burned President-elect Trump, who recently explained that he did not need regular intelligence briefings. “I don’t have to be told — you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years. It could be eight years — but eight years. I don’t need that,” he said. 

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“I think the President-elect may say one thing and do another when he’s here because the truth of the matter is, it’s a big complicated world,” Obama told Noah. “It doesn’t matter how smart you are, you have to have the best information possible to make the best decisions possible.”

Obama went on to add, “If you’re not getting their [the intelligence community] perspective—their detailed perspective—then you are flying blind.” 

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The President also discussed the CIA’s report that Russia meddled in the election, explaining no one should be shocked. For Obama, the issue we should be concerned with is the reaction and controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails. 

“The real question that I think we all have to reflect on is, what’s happened to our political system where some emails that were hacked and released ended up being the overwhelming story and the constant source of coverage, breathless coverage, that was depicted as somehow damning in all sorts of ways, when the truth of the matter was, it was fairly routine stuff,” he said. 

Watch the entire interview in the clip below.