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Trump just asked Michael Flynn to be his national security advisor

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Update | Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at 8:16 p.m. EST 

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn looks set to become national security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump. Flynn was offered the job by Donald Trump on Thursday, according to a senior Trump official.

He is a top contender for the position but nothing is official until President elect Trump makes the announcement.
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The announcement of the offer comes after Flynn met with the president-elect on Wednesday.

Who is Flynn?

The former Defense Intelligence director was an early Trump loyalist and a top national security advisor since the start of his campaign.  Flynn, who retired from the Army in 2014, led intelligence efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014 file photo, then-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. As a young man, Flynn used to go door to door luring Democrats out of their homes, onto buses and into polling stations when his mother, Helen Flynn, was running for secretary of state in his native Rhode Island. Described in a 1982 Christian Science Monitor report as an “antiabortionist mother of nine,” Helen Flynn instilled in her son an interest in civic duty but also, a more conservative brand of Democratic politics that the now-retired three-star general says no longer exists. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Flynn was at one point Director of National Intelligence for Pres. Obama from 2013 to 2014.

His military history

Flynn has served as the top intelligence chief to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, top director of intelligence to U.S. Central Command and from 2009 to 2010 he served as the director of intelligence in Afghanistan under the former International Security Assistance Force, known as ISAF.

The Obama years

Flynn was later promoted and took the helm as Obama's second Director of National Intelligence from 2013 to 2014. He retired abruptly from the DIA after clashes with his bosses, reportedly over clashes about perceived threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

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National Intelligence Director James Clapper, left, accompanied by Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the current and future threats to national security. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

National Intelligence Director James Clapper, left, accompanied by Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

His potential role

Flynn, as the role of national security adviser, is seen as critical to shaping and implementing a president's worldview on issues of national security. If picked, he'd join other famous national security advisers, such as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, who have made a major impact on American foreign policy.

One Twitter user was critical of Flynn's words about Muslim people.

What the critics say

Flynn was criticized by some for doing an interview with Russian state-funded television network and attending a dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the 10th-anniversary gala of the network.

He has openly criticized the Obama administration's approach to fighting terrorism, saying the president's failed policies  in calling the terrorists ideology “radical Islam,” has allowed the nefarious organizations to expand.


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