President-elect Donald Trump just took a clear shot at Barack Obama by offering Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn a position in his cabinet as national security advisor.
Daily Mail reported that Flynn has been a close advisor to Trump throughout his campaign and has worked with him during his transition on national security issues. A senior Trump official revealed that the president-elect had offered Flynn the job, but he would not say if he’s taken it yet.
The position of national security advisor does not need to be confirmed by the Senate, and since it’s based in the White House, the person who takes the job has easy access to the president. This will come as very bad news to Barack Obama, since Flynn has been an outspoken critic of him throughout his presidency.
Daily Mail reported:
The 57-year-old was a mainstay on the campaign trail, warming up audiences and extolling the future president’s national security policies and his pledges to rebuild the U.S. military to its former levels of troops and naval vessels.
He has built a reputation in the Army as an astute intelligence professional and a straight talker.
What set Flynn apart after he shed his uniform in 2014 was the blistering public criticism he quickly leveled at the White House and Pentagon, taking issue with a wide range of national security policies, including the administration’s approach to fighting the Islamic State group and, more generally, its handling of global affairs.
In recent public comments, including his fiery address at the Republican National Convention, Flynn has emphasized his view that the threat posed by ISIS requires a more aggressive U.S. military, as well as his belief that Washington should work more closely with Moscow.
Flynn is a champion of other foreign policy themes Trump pushed during the campaign, including renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal.
This alignment of views, coupled with his outspokenness, could make Flynn a particularly useful ally to Trump and counterweight to those senior military officers who have been leery of deeper U.S. involvement in the Middle East as well as those convinced that Russia’s aggression in Ukraine demands a harsher U.S. response.
Flynn’s military experience might have made him seem like a natural choice to lead the Pentagon.
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