Early Trump picks signal hard-line security policy and GOP loyalty

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President-elect Donald Trump's initial nominations signal a hard-line approach to security issues at home and abroad, as well as the new administration's willingness to smooth a historically rocky relationship with the Republican Party establishment.

The selections of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) as CIA director, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser suggest Trump is serious about the aggressive national security rhetoric of his campaign. The Sessions pick has been particularly controversial among critics including the NAACP, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and civil libertarians like Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).

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