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Trump fills out his national security staff picks with Attorney General and CIA chief nods

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President-elect Donald Trump has offered Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) the job of Attorney General, the top job at the Department of Justice, Trump's transition team confirmed on Friday. 

He has also offered the position of CIA Director to Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), according to a release from the transition team. 

This news comes on the heels of Trump offering the role of National Security Advisor to retired Gen. Mike Flynn, which was confirmed on Friday. 


Focus on 'law and order'

Based on the offers and the announcement of his first landing team, which is focused on national security, all outward signs point to the Trump administration prioritizing law and order as well as national security.

Landing teams embed with government agencies while the outgoing president is still in control to ensure a smooth transition of power. Trump's landing teams will work with the State, Justice, and Defense Departments, plus the National Security Council.

Another sign that national security is going to be a focus for Trump is a report from The Intercept saying that Trump's national security team is looking to dissolve the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). 

The ODNI was created by Congress in 2004 in the wake of 9/11 Commission Report to help U.S. intelligence agencies better coordinate. Critics of the agency believe the agency lacks the power to properly coordinate communication between intelligence agencies. It would take an act of Congress to dissolve ODNI. 

Dissolving the ODNI would remove some bureaucracy from the intelligence community. 

CBS tweet on Sessions news

It is an honor to nominate U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General of the United States.
Donald Trump

In a statement Trump said of Sessions: “Jeff has been a highly respected member of the U.S. Senate for 20 years. He is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the state of Alabama. Jeff is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him.”

Rejected as federal judge

Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump, is a vice-chair of his transition team, and Sessions' former chief of staff is the executive director of Trump's transition team.

Sessions, 69, has been a Senator since 1996. Former President Reagan appointed him to become a federal judge in 1986, but the nomination was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee after colleagues accused Sessions of making racially insensitive comments.

AP tweet: Trump offers CIA post to Rep. Mike Pompeo

I am proud to nominate Congressman Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Donald Trump

In a statement released by the transition team Trump said of Pompeo: “He has served our country with honor and spent his life fighting for the security of our citizens... He will be a brilliant and unrelenting leader for our intelligence community to ensure the safety of Americans and our allies.”

Pompeo, 52, a graduate of West Point and Harvard Law School, has been in Congress since 2011. He served on the House Benghazi Select Committee, which investigated the 2012 Benghazi attacks. 

During the campaign Pompeo's office said he "will support the nominee of the Republican Party because Hillary Clinton cannot be president of the United States."

Before serving in Congress, Pompeo had a long Army career, founded an aerospace company and was president of an oil equipment company. 

Rep. Pompeo has been an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal.

Pompeo graduated first in his class from West Point in 1986.

Flynn is one of the country's foremost experts on military and intelligence matters and he will be an invaluable asset to me and my administration.
Donald Trump

Trump also had kind words to say about Flynn: "I am pleased that Lieutenant General Michael Flynn will be by my side as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical challenges and keep Americans safe at home and abroad,” said President-elect Trump. 

Additionally, the Daily Mail is reporting that former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) is going to be the ambassador to Israel. 

Huckabee an evangelical Christian host guided tours through Israel, leading participants to various holy sites. He met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before entering the 2016 GOP primary-- which he lost to Trump. Like many evangelicals Huckabee is a staunch supporter of Israel, and the Daily Mail is reporting that he ants to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, currently the embassy is in Tel Aviv. 

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