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Intel experts worry Trump will go rogue

Intel fear TrumpPresident-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism of the Intelligence Community’s findings on Russian election interference has raised fears among experts that Trump will bypass intel analysts and demand that his personal team conduct its own analyses of raw data.

Tossing aside career analysts can create false conclusions, critics warn — like the George W. Bush administration’s incorrect assessment that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

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Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book

Monica Crowley plagiarismCrowley did not return a request for comment. Multiple requests for comment by phone and email over the past two days to HarperCollins went unreturned.

Crowley, a syndicated radio host, columnist, and, until recently, a Fox News contributor, will serve as Trump’s senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

Trump’s transition team is standing by Crowley.

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Donald Trump Admits U.S. Taxpayers Will Pay For The Wall, Claims Mexico Will Reimburse Costs

Build the wall!!!  Yeah, rightPresident-elect Donald Trump said on Friday that he intends for U.S. taxpayers to fund the construction of his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That money, Trump tweeted, “will be paid back by Mexico later!”

The tweet Trump wrote on Friday morning followed multiple reports detailing how members of his transition team have been working with congressional Republicans to come up with a way to use taxpayer dollars to pay for building the wall.

Trump claimed he needed to use congressionally appropriated funds to build “the Great Wall for [the] sake of speed.”

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Contractors File Liens Against Trump D.C. Hotel, Claiming They Were Stiffed Out Of $5M

Contractors stiffed by TrumpThree contractors have filed liens against President-elect Donald Trump’s showcase Washington, D.C., hotel, claiming they are owed $5 million in labor costs, according to records.

The so-called mechanic’s liens were filed against the 263-room, five-star Trump International Hotel in November and December with the District of Columbia, according to records obtained by Bloomberg and The Washington Post. Trump has boasted that he completed the $212 million renovation ahead of time and under budget.

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Trump: Focus on Russian Hacking a ‘Political Witch Hunt’

Trump denies Russian involvement in hackingPresident-elect Donald Trump on Friday morning called the firestorm around Russia’s role in the computer hacking of the Democratic National Committee “a political witch hunt.” He said, “China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names. How come nobody even talks about that?”

Trump was apparently referring to the 2014 breach at the Office of Personnel Management. His theory, according to a new story in The New York Times, is that his adversaries were focusing on the hack because of their embarrassment from losing the presidential election.

TVNL CommentL  Another scary moment in 'Trump v the Plane.'  We are really screwed.

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Trump berates his 'Apprentice' replacement Schwarzenegger

SchwarzeneggerPresident-elect Donald Trump hit his “Apprentice” replacement Arnold Schwarzenegger with a one-two punch Friday, tweeting that the new show “got ‘swamped’” in the ratings and slamming the former California governor for not supporting him during the 2016 election.

“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14,” Trump, who is still an executive producer of the show, said in a series of tweets. “Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”

TVNL Comment:  The daily evidence of Trump's narcissism should leave everyone, everywhere frightened for the future.  This is textbook sociopathy.

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Former CIA chief Woolsey quits Trump team over intelligence concerns

WoolseyFormer director of central intelligence and national security expert R. James Woolsey, Jr., said Thursday he's resigning from the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump due to disagreements over the impending leader's plans for the U.S. intelligence community.

Woolsey, who led the CIA for two years under President Bill Clinton, joined Trump's team as a senior adviser on security matters. Differences over the direction of the country's intelligence apparatus, however, have led him to quit the team.

In addition to his stint at the CIA, Woolsey, 75, also served as undersecretary of the Navy for President Jimmy Carter and a European military ambassador under President George H.W. Bush.

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