By Andah John with BBC report
Joe Biden, the US Vice-President, has asked President-elect Donald Trump to ”grow up” even as he criticised his attacks on intelligence agencies.
The US spy chiefs will brief Trump on Friday on allegations Russia meddled in the country’s presidential election.
But the president-elect has cast doubt on the claims.
And Biden was reported by BBC to have said it was “absolutely mindless” that Trump does not believe in intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly denied the hacking allegations which claim it helped Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
It was reported late Thursday that Trump questioned how intelligence agencies were confident about the alleged Russian hacking “if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers” belonging to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
And following the president-elect’s submission, the vice-president thought it was appropriate to respond.
“For a president not to have confidence in, not to be prepared to listen to, the myriad intelligence agencies, from defence intelligence to the CIA, is absolutely mindless,” he said in an interview with the PBS network.
“The idea that you may know more than the intelligence community knows – it’s like saying I know more about physics than my professor. I didn’t read the book, I just know I know more.”
When asked what he thought of Trump’s regular attacks on Twitter, Biden said: “Grow up Donald, grow up, time to be an adult, you’re president. Time to do something. Show us what you have.”
But he was reported to have called Trump “a good man”.