CNN tells us that FBI Director James Comey refused a recent request by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to publicly knock down media reports about communications between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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The New York Times reports that the National Security Council may be reorganized yet again now that Lt. Gen. H.R.
Foreign Policy informs us that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto this week to discuss Trump’s immigration plan, outlined in two new executive orders and in DHS memos released yesterday.
The New York Times tells us that President Donald Trump announced yesterday that Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, a widely-respected military strategist known for his service in the Iraq war, will serve as his new national security adviser. McMaster was the favored choice of congressional Republicans like Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), as well as Defense Secretary James Mattis.
CBS News tells us that retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser last night, leaving General Keith Kellogg as acting national security adviser, and depriving the administration of a top candidate for the critical foreign policy post.
In a bizarre, sprawling news conference that was the first of his presidency, Trump claimed that he “inherited a mess” and attacked his critics and the intelligence community.
The New York Times reports that phone records and intercepted calls show that members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year
Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser last night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early on Sunday in the first such test since Trump became president, Reuters informs us. An official said that the Trump administration had been expecting a North Korean “provocation” soon after taking office and will consider a full range of options in response, with the goal of avoiding escalation.