'Smart' Trump wants fewer intelligence briefings

Donald Trump (AAP)
Donald Trump (AAP)

President-elect Donald Trump says he's made what were daily presidential briefings a once-a-week occurrence instead, because he's "a smart person".

The Republican was interviewed by Fox News Sunday and said having that many intelligence briefings was unnecessary because it would mean he'd hear the same thing every day.

"I get it when I need it. I don't have to be told - I'm, like, a smart person," he said.

"I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years - I don't need that. But I do say, 'should something change, let us know'."

Mr Trump said he's confident not only in his own intelligence, but in the information he is receiving from the "very good people giving me the briefings".

He said that should some landscape-altering information come through, his staff have been advised to let him know immediately.

Mr Trump also said there would be times when there are "fluid situations" that require him to be there "not every day, but more than that" - but for the most part he only wants to be told only when things change.