Trump gets formal intel briefing 3 times weekly

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump’s team says he is receiving formal intelligence briefing three times a week. Spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump is also meeting daily with incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn to be briefed on intelligence matters. Trump has challenged the necessity of a daily intelligence briefing, telling Fox News Sunday in…

House speaker defends Trump’s Taiwan phone call<

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending President-elect Donald Trump’s phone conversation with the Taiwanese president, calling it “much ado about nothing.” The Taiwanese president called Trump last Friday. Ryan told reporters Tuesday that it is “prudent” for Trump to accept congratulatory phone calls. Ryan says he himself spoke to President Tsai Ing-wen…