Donald Trump has, reportedly, appointed a new national security adviser to his cabinet, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
As The New York Times reports:
‘General Flynn, 57, a registered Democrat, was Mr. Trump’s main national security adviser during his campaign. If he accepts Mr. Trump’s offer, as expected, he will be a critical gatekeeper for a president with little experience in military or foreign policy issues.’
However, Flynn has also come under fire due to his ties to foreign countries. Yahoo! News reports that:
‘Flynn’s relationship with his overseas clients is coming in for new scrutiny amid recent disclosures that two months ago, during the height of the presidential campaign, his consulting firm, the Flynn Intel Group, registered to lobby for a Dutch company owned by a wealthy Turkish businessman close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.’
While the news is concerning, new information about Flynn and his ties to foreign countries and businesses is even more alarming as reports also reveal that Flynn was offering “all-source intelligence support” to his foreign clients while sitting in on national security briefings with Donald Trump a full three months ago in August.
Chief council to the Flynn Intel Group, Robert Kelly, announced on behalf of Flynn that should the retired lieutenant general return to “government service,” he would sever ties to his company, as policy dictated by Trump required. The conflict of interest was created long before that statement was announced on Thursday, however, since Flynn failed to sever those ties and stop providing intelligence services to other countries while receiving classified intelligence information regarding the United States government.
Flynn should be difficult for any rational, intelligent American citizen to trust even without ties to foreign government leaders due to what employees who worked under him in the Defense Intelligence Agency referred to as his “Flynn Facts,” which were dubious claims that he consistently and publicly made even before Donald Trump began spouting them in his fear-mongering campaign speeches. For instance, Flynn has been known to insist that Shariah Law is on the rise in the United States.
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
Providing intelligence to foreign countries while receiving U.S. intelligence briefings, however, should be disqualifying, even if lying and fear-mongering isn’t.
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