Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has reportedly accepted Donald Trump’s offer to become the next national security adviser.
Michael T. Flynn
Although a registered Democrat, Flynn has advised Trump throughout the campaign and the transition. He has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration since being fired in 2014 as chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The new appointment does not require confirmation, but moving forward, Flynn could become fodder for Trump critics because of his foreign and domestic ties.
As the New York Times notes, Flynn and Trump share a belief that the United States should work toward improving its relationship with Russia.
Flynn was a paid speaker before Russia Today, the state-backed TV network, and was photographed sitting next to Putin at a network anniversary party.
His consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, recently registered as a lobbyist for a Dutch company, Invovo BV, whose founder has ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Flynn told the Wall Street Journal Thursday that he would end his relationship with his consulting company if he joined the Trump administration.
Flynn is also vice chairman of Drone Aviation Holding, a drone maker that recently landed a contract to supply electric tethered drones to the Defense Department. He was still listed on the company’s web page on Friday.