Media sources are reporting that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser. The post does not require Senate confirmation.
The official wouldn’t say whether Flynn had accepted the job, which left open the possibility that the arrangement was not finalized. The official was not authorized to discuss the offer publicly and insisted on anonymity.
Flynn has a reputation as one who isn’t a team player, as the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The appointment makes sense in a Trump administration, where loyalty to the president will be the litmus test for those close to the president.
With a staff of about 400, the National Security Council under Flynn will certainly focus on more ISIS from a threat of Islamic extremism viewpoint. That is a complete flip from President Obama’s defense of Islam while calling ISIS an aberration that does not represent Muslim values.
During the campaign, Flynn was criticized as Trump’s adviser due to his close ties with Moscow through Kremlin-run media company RT. Flynn attended an RT gala and has appeared on the network as a foreign policy expert. But the former 3-star general shares Trump’s views on winning–from his prime-time Republican National Convention speech:
There he said the president’s empty rhetoric had “caused the world to have no respect for America’s word” and lambasted Democrats for debating the merits of transgender bathrooms. “My God, war is not about bathrooms. War is not about political correctness or words that are meaningless. War is about winning.