Lieutenant General Michael Flynn has emerged as Donald Trump’s leading candidate for national security adviser, according to people familiar with the president-elect’s transition planning.
Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2012 to 2014 and served as a top intelligence adviser to General Stanley McChrystal in Iraq, advised Trump on foreign policy throughout the course of the presidential campaign. He was at one time rumored to be on Trump’s vice-presidential shortlist, and remains one of the only high-ranking national-security officials to have publicly aligned himself with Trump.
Like the president-elect, Flynn, a self-described “maverick” and longtime Democrat, shares a penchant for unvarnished straight talk that has earned him praise from some and condemnation from others. In his book The Field of Fight (2016), co-authored with the historian and former Reagan-administration official Michael Ledeen, Flynn writes that he is “not a devotee of so-called political correctness.” He describes being fired from the DIA a year before his tenure was up for pushing back against “censors” in the Obama administration who objected to his declaring publicly that the U.S. was losing ground to terrorist forces abroad.
Since the national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation, appointing Flynn to the post would avoid a public confirmation hearing where some of his more controversial statements could stall or upend his entry into the administration. And that may be a plus for a transition team that has continued to face resistance from much of the Republican foreign-policy establishment as it works to fill out senior-level cabinet positions…
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Lt. General Michael T. Flynn spent more than 33 years in Army intelligence, working closely with Generals Stanley McChrystal and David Petraeus, Admiral Mike Mullen, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and other policy, defense and intelligence community, and war-fighting leaders. From coordinating on-the-ground operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, to building reliable intelligence networks, to preparing strategic plans for fighting terrorism, Flynn has been a firsthand witness to government screw-ups, smokescreens, and censored information that our leaders don’t want us to know. A year before he was scheduled to retire, Flynn was sacked as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for, among other things, telling a Congressional Committee that the American people are in more danger than we were just a few years ago.