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For Trump's national security team, addressing the threats means ignoring the tweets

WASHINGTON - Sitting side by side at a long, black-draped table, six U.S. intelligence chiefs all sounded the same alarm - Russian meddling in U.S. politics didn't stop after the 2016 presidential race and could get worse in this year's midterm elections.

It was a striking display of unanimity and one that left President Donald Trump at odds - again - with his own hand-picked national security team.

Trump has downplayed and even denied Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which he largely portrays as a Democratic hoax meant to delegitimize his victory, leaving the nation's spy services straining to prevent a repeat performance in November.

"This is the largest gap

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