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National security and the Trump White House. How the new administration is handling challenges from Russia to North Korea to terrorism.
Let’s step back for a minute here. We’ve got the national security adviser to the [resident of the United States out after 20-some days. Reports all over of chaos in the National Security Council. The president coordinating response to a North Korean missile test in full view of diners on the terrace at Mar-a-Lago. The general in charge of U.S. Special Operations lamenting “unbelievable turmoil.” Is this just politics? Are we safe? This hour On Point, national security and the Trump White House. — Tom Ashbrook
Amb. William Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Deputy Secretary of State.
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Washington Post: Michael Flynn's Star Burns Out — "Flynn’s fall is a painful story, with many unanswered questions. Perhaps the biggest is why a retired general, schooled in the chain of command, would have talked with Kislyak without consulting his boss, Trump. That’s the White House line, but this investigation of Russiagate is just beginning."
Foreign Policy: Give Trump's National Security Team Some Time. They're Just Getting Started. — "Finding ways to match this president’s management will be no small feat. But there is good reason to believe that as Cabinet departments are staffed up and execution of policies begins, power will shift away from the White House. The start of most presidential administrations is chaotic because jobs are not yet filled and everybody’s newly working together."
POLITICO: Trump under fire for lax security practices — "Complaints over Trump’s security practices have piled up since the start of his presidency, with the furor peaking Saturday when Trump took a phone call about a North Korean missile test while sitting in full view of the guests at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida."
This program aired on February 15, 2017.