President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly offered the key post of National Security Adviser to retired Lt. General Michael Flynn.
Flynn has been a lifelong Democrat before joining Donald Trump’s campaign and becoming one of his closest advisors. He is a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He was one of the highest ranking national security officials supporting Trump.
Flynn also is known to be a proponent of stronger ties with Russia, as well as being a vocal critic of President Barack Obama. At one point, he was on Trump’s shortlist to be his vice president.
After being forced out of the Obama administration, he vociferously leveled blistering public criticism aimed both at the White House and the Pentagon. He took issue with a wide range of national security policies, including the administration’s approach to fighting the Islamic State and, global affairs, altogether.
He has steadily become more hawkish in his approach to foreign affairs emphasizing his view that the threat posed by the Islamic State requires a more aggressive U.S. military approach, as well as his belief that the U.S. should work more closely with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.