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Trump Just Put A 'for Sale' Sign On His Forehead
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Trump Just Put A 'for Sale' Sign On His Forehead

Samantha Vinograd is a CNN national security analyst. She served on President Obama's National Security Council from 2009-2013 and at the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. Follow her @sam_vinograd. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN)By putting a "for sale" sign on his forehead -- and indicating that he's open for business when it comes to receiving dirt on his political rivals -- President Donald Trump is encouraging foreign governments to attack his political opponents.

Sam Vinograd Rather than learning from what happened, Trump is encouraging Russia and potentially others to do more of the same. This opens up every candidate - and perceived Trump rival - to attacks from hostile foreign powers. President Trump's latest comments, during an ABC News interview, indicating that he would consider accepting negative material on political opponents from foreign governments, and that he wouldn't necessarily report the contact to the FBI, are just the latest in a long line of counterintelligence red flags. Trump said, "There isn't anything wrong with listening." It is unclear whether the FBI has an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into President Trump. But if they don't, they may want to revisit why not.

Trump says he would accept dirt on political rivals from foreign governments By indicating that he's open to receiving help from foreign governments - despite troves of open source information indicating that Russia was trying to interfere in our 2016 election to advance its own agenda - the President's penchant for undercutting his home team continues to march forward. Although FBI Director Christopher Wray has stated publicly that campaigns should report foreign contacts, the President said during the ABC News interview that getting dirt on a political opponent from a foreign government was called "oppo research," and that it was not interference. He went on to say that "The FBI doesn't have enough agents to take care of it." This isn't the first time that Trump has shown that he thinks that he knows it all when it comes to intelligence, but this time he's directly undercutting Wray while also undermining our national security. Stay up to date...

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