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Some top defense and intelligence officials are refusing to work with President-Elect Trump

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Much of the country is uncertain of how to respond to Donald Trump’s victory as the next president of the United States. Some have taken to the streets, others are taking care of themselves and their communities.

Meanwhile, as Team Trump works on putting his cabinet together, top National Security Council staffers are threatening to quit rather than serve the President-Elect, the Daily Beast reports.

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A senior Obama administration official told the outlet that during various staff meetings on Wednesday, various career staff expressed their disinterest in joining Trump’s national security team.

Because the Team Trump has not outlined their national security plans, and have been vague about their various policy proposals, Pentagon officials are unclear about how to move forward in their national security planning.

For instance, the Daily Beast notes how top officials are unclear about “what effect the election could have on plans to retake the capital of self-proclaimed Islamic State’s caliphate, Raqqa, which is scheduled to begin next year.”

The Transition Team’s Defense and National Security outlined the following:

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Donald Trump understands how a strong, prosperous economy underwrites military might, and how a strong, robust military secures our way of life and the fruits of our economy …

A Trump Administration will be committed to both immediate and sustainable actions to counter the threats posed by these radical ideologies.  A Trump Administration also recognizes the uniquely catastrophic threats posed by nuclear weapons and cyber attacks.  Mr. Trump will ensure our strategic nuclear triad is modernized to ensure it continues to be an effective deterrent, and his Administration will review and minimize our nation’s infrastructure vulnerabilities to cyber threats.  Mr. Trump will be a strong Commander-in-Chief befitting our American men and women in uniform, and ensure their sacrifices will only be made in operations that safeguard the interests of the American people and our allies, and that their service will be honored as they enter the ranks of veterans.

However, the team has not yet detailed their plans, especially in terms of funding. Perhaps there isn’t a concrete outline because, as Trump has asked in recent weeks, “What happened to the element of surprise?”

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Still, the element of surprise is not one with which national security officials can formally function within any given administration.

Perhaps that’s why they aren’t backing the President-Elect. The Daily Beast noted that, upon reaching out to defense officials for intel on the changes that lie ahead, “the answer was always the same: a shrug of the shoulders.”

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Trump’s capitulation cheered on Russian TV: Ambassador McFaul says ‘they are joyous in Moscow’

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America's former ambassador to Russia explained how their state media is celebrating President Donald Trump's capitulation in Ukraine and Syria.

Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed Wednesday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"How do you think this should play out, now that they are assembling step-by-step insider accounts with people who are bravely stepping forward, some giving up their careers, Mike McKinley and others having had to quit over this," Mitchell noted. "How do you think this plays out legally or in terms of the politics of impeachment?"

"Well, legally, I’ll defer to others who are more expert. I think what it does underscore is how grossly inept and just broken down the Trump foreign policymaking process is," McFaul replied.

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Feds investigating whether Rudy Giuliani was a victim of foreign spy effort targeting Trump

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President Donald Trump's defense attorney is not only a subject in a criminal investigation, but is also part of a counterintelligence probe into whether he was compromised by a foreign power, CNN reported Wednesday.

This is an investigation that goes far longer and back further than we realized and also that it’s much broader than we initially thought," CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Pérez reported.

"One of the things we’re getting a picture of, a better picture of is this involves not only Giuliani’s financial entanglements with allegedly corrupt Ukrainian figures but also counterintelligence angle is there to this and the idea that perhaps Rudy Giuliani and some of his business dealings were part of essentially an influence operation, a foreign influence operation with a target being the Trump White House," he reported.

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Internet recoils at Trump’s latest ‘insane’ news conference: ‘Maybe this guy shouldn’t be president’

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President Donald Trump ranted at length about the Kurds, military deployments overseas, Sen. Lindsey Graham and former President Barack Obama in a bizarre conversation with reporters in the White House.

The president met with the media Wednesday afternoon during a bilateral meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella, and he touched on a bewildering variety of topics -- much to the confusion of onlookers.

This is fucking insane.

This press conference is purpose-built to empower and delight every bad actor in the world.

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