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.
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.
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.
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.