CIA Warns Trump To Watch What He Says And Be Careful Over Russia

Trump, wisconsin recountOutgoing CIA Director, John Brennan, on Sunday issued a stern parting rebuke to Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, warning him to watch what he says and advising him not to absolve Russia for its recent actions.

Reuters reporters that Brennan’s comments, in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” laid bare the simmering tensions between the president-elect and the intelligence community he has criticised and is on the verge of commanding.

The CIA director said Trump needs to be mindful about his off-the-cuff remarks once he takes the oath of office on Friday, alluding to his penchant for making broad pronouncements on Twitter.

“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound,” Brennan said.

“It’s more than just about Mr Trump. It’s about the United States of America.”

Trump last week accused the intelligence community of leaking information about an unsubstantiated report on compromising information the Russians have accumulated against Trump. On Twitter, he accused intelligence agencies of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

“What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” Brennan said. “I do take great umbrage at that.”

Brennan also questioned the message it sends to the world if the president-elect broadcasts he does not have confidence in the United States’ own intelligence agencies.

Trump Admits Russia Was Behind Election Hacking

Donald Trump Attacks US Intelligence Over Russia HackingUS President-elect, Donald Trump, on Wednesday said for the first time he believes Russia was behind hacking ahead of the election.

“I think it was Russia,” Trump said during his first news conference as President-elect.

He told the gathering that Russia was not the only nation that hacks US targets.

Mr Trump also accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs.

The news conference opened with his spokesman, Sean Spicer, slamming a “political witch hunt” following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

The CNN said Vice President-elect, Mike Pence, also criticised the media before introducing Trump, who kept up his criticism of US intelligence.

“I do have to say and I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies.

“But maybe the intelligence agencies which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they did that. A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released,” Trump said.

He reiterated that he doesn’t plan to release his tax returns, saying they are under audit and don’t include relevant information.

The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia.

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible.

The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr Trump.

Russia Denies Claims Of Possessing Compromising Material About Trump

Russia Denies Claims Of Possessing Compromising Material About TrumpRussia has denied claims that its intelligence agencies have compromising materials about Donald Trump.

The President’s Spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, described the allegations as “pulp fiction” and a “clear attempt to damage relations”.

The unsubstantiated, claims his presidential campaign secretly communicated with Moscow.

They also say Russia has information about Trump, involving prostitutes; a report which he has denied.

“Fake New – A total Political Witch Hunt!”, the president-elect tweeted.

Later on Wednesday, he had also stated via twitter that: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I have nothing to do with Russia – No deals, no loans, Nothing!”.

Mr Trump is due to hold a news conference on Wednesday, nine days before he takes office, explaining his attempts to separate himself from his business commitments, and address concerns about conflicts of interest.

 

Dangote’s Worth Drops By 32%

Dangote's Worth Drops By 32%Nigerian born Africa’s richest man, Mr Aliko Dangote, has lost 32% of his wealth.

Bloomberg reports that the president of the Dangote Group, lost 4.9 billion dollars in June, representing one-third of his wealth.

The decline resulted from the effect of falling oil prices and the devaluation of the naira, dragging the magnate’s ranking to 112 on world’s billionaires’ list.

With a total value of 10.4 billion dollars, Mr Dangote was the world’s 46th-richest person as at June 2016.

Aliko Dangote was also recently named as the second most powerful person on the African continent.

In the latest edition of its 74 world most powerful people, Forbes Magazine named billionaire Dangote along with 70 others including Russian President, Vladimir Putin; US President-Elect, Donald Trump; and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Mr Dangote is listed as number 71 ahead of Trump, and the 68th most powerful in the world for this year.

The business mogul has constantly featured on the list since 2013 when he was listed as the only black African among 100 most powerful persons on the planet.

As of 2013, Dangote was the only African listed among the most powerful people in the world before the Egyptian president, Abdel El-Sisi recently featured on the list.

Trump Vows To Shut Controversial Foundation  

Donald Trump Vows To Shut Controversial Foundation  US President-Elect, Donald Trump has announced plans to shut his charitable foundation.

While an investigation into the foundation’s practices continues, Mr Trump said he wanted to avoid “even the appearance” of any conflict of interest.

New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is looking into suspected “impropriety” at the foundation, which Mr Trump denies.

However, the Attorney General’s office insists that Mr Trump cannot shut the foundation while the investigation is ongoing.

In a statement on Saturday, the President-elect said that the foundation has a lot of good work over the years, contributing millions of dollars to countless deserving groups, including veterans, law enforcement officers and children.

Mr Trump will be inaugurated on January 20, succeeding President Barack Obama.

Aliko Dangote Among Forbes World’s Most Powerful

Dangote Among Forbes World’s Most PowerfulAfrica’s richest man and Nigerian-born head of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has been named as the second most powerful person on the continent.

In the latest edition of its 74 world most powerful people, Forbes Magazine named billionaire Dangote along with 70 others including Russian President, Vladimir Putin; US President-Elect, Donald Trump; and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Mr Dangote is listed as number 71 ahead of Trump, and the 68th most powerful in the world for this year.

The business mogul has constantly featured on the list since 2013 when he was listed as the only black African among 100 most powerful persons on the planet.

As of 2013, Dangote was the only African listed among the most powerful people in the world before the Egyptian president, Abdel El-Sisi recently featured on the list.

 

Trump-Taiwan Call Breaks US Policy Stance

Trump-Taiwan Call Breaks US Policy StanceUS President-Elect, Donald Trump, has spoken directly with the President of Taiwan, breaking with US policy set in 1979, when formal relations were cut.

Mr Trump’s transition team said he and Tsai Ing-Wen noted “close economic, political, and security ties” in a phone call.

The move risks angering China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, however dismissed the call as a “petty trick” by Taiwan.

Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that Ms Tsai had called him to congratulate him on winning the US election.

His team said that the US President-Elect had also congratulated Ms Tsai on becoming the president of Taiwan last January.

Meanwhile, the White House says Mr Trump’s conversation does not signal any change in US policy.

Trump To Leave Business To Focus On Presidency

Donald Trump Says Obamacare Key Provisions To RemainThe President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, says he will leave his business empire to focus on the presidency and avoid perceived conflicts of interest.

Mr Trump gave few details about the plan on Twitter but said he would expand on his plans at a press conference next month.

In other tweets that followed he said legal documents were being crafted which would take him completely out of business operations.

“The Presidency is a far more important task!” he wrote.

In campaigns and debates leading to the polls, Mr Trump dismissed concerns over potential conflicts between his businesses and the presidency.

Meanwhile, former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin confirmed he had been picked as treasury secretary.

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has been chosen for commerce secretary.