PHOTO: Donald Trump in interview broadcast Sunday — “I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day.”

I spoke with BBC Radio Foyle on Monday morning about the latest developments over Russia’s hacking of American computers during the US Presidential election, including Donald Trump’s latest dismissal of the CIA’s assessment.

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The Russians interfered in the election. Now whether they specifically said, “We want Donald Trump as President”, the key point is that the outcome of the Russian efforts was one of a number of factors which hindered Hillary Clinton and which contributes to Trump’s victory.

And on the serious consequences over Trump’s relationship with US intelligence services:

First, Trump has gotten to the point where he says he does not need any information from the intelligence agencies because he is so “smart”. That’s unprecedented for an American President to say, “Look, on my own I am going to determine American foreign policy, military policy, economic policy.

Second, that Trump approach is that he wants to be friendly with Russia.

Combine those two and figure out where US foreign policy might be in January.