Retired Lt. General Mike Flynn has been named President-Elect Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, it was confirmed on Friday.
A news report from Politico provided the details on Trump’s choice for the position:
President-elect Donald Trump on Friday named retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, one of his top confidants, to be White House national security adviser, elevating the controversial surrogate to be the chief arbiter of virtually every major defense and foreign policy decision.
The selection of Flynn is turning heads in the media for his staunch position on fighting Islamic terrorism and for his past activities and statements.
1. No Fan of Islam
Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL: please forward this to others: the truth fears no questions… https://t.co/NLIfKFD9lU
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) February 27, 2016
“Islam is a political ideology,” Flynn said, as reported by Politico, adding “the American Founding Fathers wanted nothing to do with [it].” He is also a member of ACT for America, which the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center considers to be the “largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America”
2. A Registered Democrat
As reported by The Atlantic, “Flynn, a registered Democrat, was an early and ardent supporter of Trump’s improbable presidential run, giving the Republican presidential hopeful a much-needed endorsement from the national-security establishment.”
3. Will Not Shy Away from Naming “Radical Islam” the Enemy
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) September 24, 2016
“One of the key reasons why I was let go by the military — and I argued this while I was in the military, I was very vocal about this — we must clearly define the enemies that we are going to face. And in this case, it’s radical Islam.”
4. Urged Muslim Leaders to Stand Up to TerrorismNEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 14: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (R) leaves Trump Tower, November 14, 2016 in New York City. Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
“We should not fear what it is we are facing, we should stand up to this,” Flynn said on The Kelly File.
“I want the president of Egypt, I want the king of Saudi Arabia, I want Khmoenei in Iran to stand up and be counted, tonight… I want these leaders in this Muslim world that have this radical Islamic ideology festering, metastasizing, to stand up, and stand up tonight and be counted, and say something to condemn this attack that we have just seen.”
Flynn said that “we have not set up an international set of strategic objectives to go after this very vicious, very barbaric enemy,” and added “this is a world war.”
5. Praised “Alt-Right” Commentator Mike Cernovich
Mike Cernovich has been a key player behind the “alt-right” on social media.
6. Record of Sharing Questionable News Stories
As noted by CNN, Flynn doesn’t shy away from sharing news that is questionable, if not outright misleading. (This is not an endorsement of the mainstream media’s interpretation of news stories.)
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) August 10, 2016
— American Eagle (@AMPRo1219) October 26, 2016
7. “Fired” as Head of the DIA Under Obama
Flynn served as Director of the DIA under President Obama, but was terminated from his position. Flynn himself claims that this was due to him taking a strong stand against “radical Islam.”
“I asked the DNI [Gen. James Clapper] if my leadership of the agency was in question and he said it was not; had it been, he said, they would have relieved me on the spot,” he wrote in the New York Post.
“I knew then it had more to do with the stand I took on radical Islamism and the expansion of al Qaida and its associated movements. I felt the intel system was way too politicized, especially in the Defense Department.”
8. Criticized for Pro-Russian StatementsImage Credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
“Russia has its own national security strategy, and we have to respect that,” Flynn said in one of his regular appearances on Kremlin mouthpiece Russia Today. “And we have to try to figure out: How do we combine the United States’ national security strategy along with Russia’s national security strategy, despite all the challenges that we face?”
“Some of the policy positions he’s advocated, a kind of a newfound affinity for the Russians and Kremlin, concern me a great deal,” Rep. Adam Schiff commented on Flynn’s selection.
9. Top Republicans Have Endorsed His EffectivenessImage Credit: Mark Makela/Getty Images
“He’s knowledgeable not just about the intel community but the way the guys on the ground get actually get the job done. That’s exactly who you want advising the president,” Rep. Duncan Hunter told Politico.
“No. 1, he’s been on the ground overseas,” Hunter remarked. “No. 2, he ran the DIA. You take those two things together, it means he has intimate knowledge of the intelligence community, intimate knowledge with how the men on the ground actually execute the mission. And you combine those together, and that’s what you want in a national security adviser.”