Lt. General Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser
Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, spent more than 30 years in the military, and served as a top intelligence adviser to General Stanley McChrystal in Iraq. In 2012, he became Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He was fired from that position in 2014, a year before his tenure was up, because of his management style which was described as disruptive and chaotic. Flynn was a loyal was a supporter of Trump throughout his campaign and advised him on foreign policy.
Flynn has become a very controversial figure in recent years, both for his unorthodox foreign policy positions and his controversial statements on Muslims and Islam. He has also been a frequent critic of Obama administration’s foreign policy. In recent months, Flynn has come under increased for his ties to Russia and Turkey. Last December, Flynn sat only two seats away from Russian President Vladimir Putin at RT’s tenth anniversary dinner last December. Flynn regularly makes appearances on Russia Today, the English-language television network funded by the Russian government. In an interview with The Washington Post earlier this year, Flynn dismissed any concerns over conflicts of interest, comparing RT to CNN and MSNBC.
Flynn initially applauded Turkish coup attempt, but changed mind drastically after his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, was hired to lobby on behalf of the Turkish government. On election day, Flynn wrote a pro-Turkey op-ed on election day, which he was being paid to do paid by government of Turkey, a relationship he did not reveal before sitting in on Trump’s first top secret intelligence briefing after he became president elect. This led to him recently being reported to the National Security Asst. Attorney General for breaking the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Among Flynn’s most controversial statement are that a fear of Muslims is rational, and that Islam is a cancer, but there is even more alarming insight into his extreme views on his verified Twitter account. Here he has frequently interacted with far right and anti-Semitic figures, maligned the Muslim faith, and shared conspiracy theories and fake news stories.
A CNN KFile review of Flynn’s Twitter account found he tweeted routinely with members of the so-called alt-right movement. On numerous occasions he tagged his tweets with alt-right figure Mike Cernovich, who runs a website called Danger and Play, which has pushes wild conspiracy theories. Flynn even urged his followers to follow Cernovich. As recently August, Flynn retweeted alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who was banned from Twitter earlier this year. On several occasions, Flynn tagged in his tweets Jared Wyland, an alt-right, anti-Semitic commentator.
Flyn also regularly retweets fake news stories, like the one that NYPD had found evidence on Anthony Weiner’s laptop to put Hillary Clinton and her crew away for life. In July, Flynn linked to a tweet that falsely claimed Clinton was wearing a hijab in solidarity with islamic terrorists. The picture was from a 2009 trip Clinton took to Pakistan as secretary of state, in which she donned a head covering during a visit to a mosque as a normal diplomatic courtesy.
Flynn’s son, Michael G. Flynn, is a chip off the old block, with a history of sharing conspiracy theories, expletive-filled posts, and racist tweets and Facebook postings. Michael G. Flynn works for his father’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group and serves as his father’s chief of staff and top aide.
Flynn Jr. frequently shares conspiracy theories, claiming Clinton and Obama will be tried for treason if Trump is elected. He often shares fake stories from Paul Watson, the editor for the conspiracy website InfoWars. In the past he has shared stories alleging Huma Abedin had a connection to the Muslim Brotherhood. The younger Flynn also likes to retweet white supremacists, and repeatedly used expletives to attack Trump’s political opponents.