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With CIA, DOJ appointments, Trump administration goes hard right on national security




Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (C) arrives at Trump Tower, November 17, 2016 in New York City.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (C) arrives at Trump Tower, November 17, 2016 in New York City.
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In the first cabinet appointments, President-elect Donald Trump has signaled the direction he wants national security to take under his administration.

Trump appointed Representative Mike Pompeo as C.I.A director, Lt. Gen. Michael T Flynn as national security adviser, and Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general. All three are considered controversial figures and represent a line of thinking outside of traditional Republican views.

Sessions, who holds staunch anti-immigration views, is tapped for a post with the authority to make sweeping changes to immigration policy in the country. Flynn is a retired three-star general with experience in intelligence has been vocal about his anti-Islamic views. And for the top post at the C.I.A., Trump has chosen Pompeo, who was behind the congressional investigation into the attack of the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

Guests:

Nick Wadhams, reporter covering the State Department and national security at Bloomberg News

Lisa Mascaro, reporter covering Congress for the L.A. Times who’s been following the story