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US president-elect Donald Trump rubbishes CIA's take on Russia: This is unique, isn't it?

Dec 10, 2016 04:09 PM EST

The shadow of Russia is refusing to spare the United States this election year even after the elections got over. After the CIA concluded that the Kremlin has intervened in the election to help Donald Trump win the contest against Hillary Clinton, the president-elect's transition team has slammed the intelligence agency.

According to CNN, the Trump camp has risked an early confrontation with the intelligence agency on which the incoming administration will have to rely for "top secret assessments of the greatest threats" that the U.S. faces.

Trump's team said the election was over a long time ago and it was time to move on and 'Make America Great Again'.

Reports of Russia's alleged intervention in the American election had surfaced earlier as well. But the latest reaction from the Trump camp came following the recent revelations in Washington Post, which again followed an earlier report in the CNN on the subject. The transition team even slammed the CIA over saying it was the same agency which had said that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The last Republican president, George W Bush, had invaded Iraq on those premises though it didn't prove to be true but led to a massive foreign policy disaster in the Middle-east.

Though the CIA doesn't have the same leadership that was in action when the call on Iraq took place but Trump's camp's open attack against the agency could lay a weak foundation for the White House-CIA relation in the near future. It has already been reported that Trump has taken little interest in intelligence briefs unlike several of his predecessors in the White House.

Many sources have reported that the CIA has become increasingly sure that the Russians influenced the American influence to see Trump as the winner rather than just undermining the election.

The Democrats took up the issue and asked the intelligence community to throw more light on the matter and enlighten the Congress on it as much as they can.

"That any country could be meddling in our elections should shake both political parties to their core," incoming Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said in a statement, the CNN report added.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has asked the US intelligence to review the evidence of Russia's interference in the election after facing pressure from congressional Democrats. This will be one of the outgoing president's final order to the intelligence agencies and he expected the procedure to get over before he leaves office next month, a Guardian report said.

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