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‘I’m watching a clown show’: Security officials appalled by Flynn appointment as top Trump adviser

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Republican President-elect Donald Trump is facing growing opposition to his choice of Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser including a roster of current high-ranking security officials, the Intercept said on Friday.

“I’m watching a clown show,” said former CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd this week. The Trump transition team’s choice of Flynn for national security adviser, he said, indicates that the incoming administration has no intention of moderating itself or the incendiary tone it set on the campaign trail.

Flynn is widely known as being anti-Muslim and his habit of using Twitter to spread wild and alarming right-wing conspiracy theories is attracting more attention than his military and public service record.

“I want to see a transition from a campaign to reality,” Mudd said. “I’m not seeing it yet.”

“You want the national security adviser to be a calming more than an exciting influence,” former CIA head Gen. Michael Hayden told a lunch gathering on Wednesday. “Mike tweets more than his boss.”

On Thursday, former national security adviser to Pres. Bill Clinton Gen. Barry McCaffrey said that he is having to seriously reassess his opinion of Flynn’s judgment after viewing his social media feed.

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“But I must admit that now I am extremely uneasy about some of these tweets, which don’t sound so much as if they’re politically skullduggery, but instead border on being demented,” McCaffrey told NBC News.

Flynn and his son Michael Flynn, Jr. were partly responsible for spreading the “Pizzagate” story, a fake news story alleging that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her top aides were running a child sex ring out of the basement of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.

The story originated on a pro-Trump Libertarian website and then went viral. Earlier this week, a man armed with an assault rifle entered the premises and fired off three shots.

“You can’t be considered credible if you’re trafficking in bad information,” said former Clinton administration official David Rothkopf, now the CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine. “Calling Islam a cancer is bad information. Trafficking in fake news, that’s bad information.”

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“The willingness of key establishment figures to speak out against Flynn is unusual in official Washington, which tends perpetuate itself through a culture of understatement and accommodation,” wrote the Intercept’s . “As Trump’s national security adviser, Flynn would be the president’s main link to the Principals Committee, the main organ for setting foreign policy and responding to crises within the White House. The appointment does not go through the Senate confirmation process.”

That these officials are willing to break ranks and sound the alarm on Flynn’s appointment speaks volumes, Schwartz said.

At Wednesday’s lunch talk, Hayden said the appointment of Flynn represents “a bleeding over of the hyper-partisanship of Washington into our community. That is really, really bad.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering op-ed asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering op-ed, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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