He saw early on the man’s potential where others saw peril. He gave trust from the start when it was not yet fashionable or promising to do so. He kept the faith where others wavered during the rocky times. He was a constant presence in the campaign, a close ally giving his expertise and counsel on tough security matters and issues to the man who would later be elected President.
For his vision, loyalty, and compatibility with President-elect Donald Trump, it seems only logical that retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn would be given a cabinet post in the Trump administration. It was only a question of which position.
Now, reliable sources within the Trump camp reveal Flynn has been tapped by the incoming president to be his national security adviser. While no official announcement has been made on the would-be appointment both from the Trump transition team and Flynn himself, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller confirmed that Trump and Flynn have just met. Miller quoted Trump saying that Flynn would make for a fantastic addition to his team.
Flynn, 57, served as Defense Intelligence Agency Director in 2012 up to 2014, but left after major disagreements and conflict with top Obama administration officials. He also became a top intelligence adviser to General Stanley McChrystal in Iraq.
The retired three-star general was reported prior to the campaign to have been on Trump’s shortlist for his vice-president. Flynn later advised Trump on his foreign policy pronouncements all through-out the campaign. He is also a Democrat and one of the very few former high-ranking government officials who dared to align himself with Trump.
Observers say the rapport between the two men is not at all surprising, given that both are often described as “maverick” who stick to straight talk. Flynn has always professed his non-devotion to political correctness. He once boldly publicly declared that the U.S. was losing good ground to terrorist forces abroad, earning the irk of top Obama officials. It was widely speculated that said declaration was one of the reasons why Flynn had to leave the government.
Flynn had been a tough critic of Obama’s foreign policy, going as far as to say that the world has lost respect for America due in large part to Obama’s empty rhetoric. Flynn was also incredulous when the Democrats were debating on the merits of transgender bathrooms. He was reported to have disgustedly claimed: “My God, war is not about bathrooms. War is not about political correctness or words that are meaningless. War is all about winning. “
He also became extra controversial for criticizing the government’s “Islam pander-mania.” Flynn also passionately took Hillary to task during the campaign for her failures as Secretary of State including her mistakes in the handling of Benghazi.
The national security adviser post does not require confirmation by the Senate, paving the way for a hassle-free appointment of Flynn when Trump takes over.