Trump Needs Intelligence—and Also Security Advisors

by Mark Sumner – Though all that principled Republican conservative opposition to Trump seems to have disappeared somewhere about the time the first returns came in from North Carolina, there is still one part of the transition team having trouble filling chairs. President-elect Donald Trump is scrambling to line up senior officials to run the government’s sprawling intelligence and homeland security bureaucracy. Team Trump is struggling to fill numerous key slots or even attract many candidates because hundreds have either sworn they’d never work in a Trump administration or have directly turned down requests to join, multiple current and former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the transition efforts told The Daily Beast. Most Republicans had no trouble tearing the “principled” sticker away at election’s end, but knowledgeable intelligence officials are finding it hard to get all that enthusiastic about a guy who isn’t interested in knowledge and who scorns everyone’s intelligence but...

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