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After President-elect Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, there has been some strong criticism of his picks.

On "America's News HQ" today, Herman Cain defended Trump's "excellent" choices, saying that the criticism is merely "toxic name-calling" from the left.

He said those critics don't care about the truth, they're just attacking anyone who Trump wants to put on his team.

"Last week, it was Bannon bashing. This week, it's Sessions smearing," Cain said, referring to allegations that the Alabama senator has a history of racially insensitive behavior. "It simply will not stick."

As for accusations that Flynn was abusive, disorganized and "cozy with the Russians" during his tenure as director of the National Intelligence Agency, Cain argued it's just angry liberals trying to spin another "false narrative."

He said that he personally knows Flynn, and he's a good man who "tells it like it is."

Cain said that's one reason Flynn didn't work well with President Obama, who only wanted to be told what he wanted to hear.

"Donald Trump sees the world as it is, and the nation as it is," Cain said. "And he's surrounding himself with people who are going to tell him what he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear."

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