Transcript for Experts Weigh In on Trump's Pick for National Security Adviser, Romney Meeting
All right, Martha, thank you. More on this now from Matthew dowd, also John Cohen, national security official in Republican and democratic administrations, also worked with general Flynn. Let me begin with you, as Martha pointed out the general had had great successes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Forced to leave the job as defense intelligence agency head early and has courted controversy. Yeah, good morning, George. Yes, general Flynn is smart, he's intelligent. He's experienced. His military and intelligence experience will serve him well in the role of national security adviser but he's very intense and very forceful. Particularly when he's advocating his ideas and he has been known to be somewhat dismissive of the ideas of others. He will have to be very open, very measured in this new role if he's going to be an effective national security adviser to the new president. Yeah, the job of national security adviser generally seemed to be an honest broker among the various cabinets. Let me go to you, Matthew dowd. Mitt Romney, interesting he'll come in for a meeting with Donald Trump to talk about the possibility of secretary of state. Whether that turns out to be true or not, even talking about it, a little boon for president-elect trump. Yeah, and I'm not surprised that Mitt Romney would sit down with Donald Trump. I think if Hillary Clinton had won their election that Mitt Romney would have sat down with Hillary Clinton if asked. He loves the country, has to unite. I would be surprised if Mitt Romney gets an appointment or even takes an appointment but a meeting is good. General Flynn, this is a guy unfiltered and very much in the mold of Donald Trump, shoot from the hip. I'm reminded of Donald Trump's appointment so far with Steve Bannon of the Kenny Chesney song, "All my friends are pirate, that's just who I am." He seems to be assem blink a pirate brigade. Senator sessions. We talked about those allegations of racism that caused him a judgeship 20 years ago and served in the senate 20 years since then. How serious will those be in his confirmation if he is chosen for a job like attorney general? The senate gives great deference to the appointments of the president. It's his privilege to make the cabinet the way he wants it. In a split senate this could be problematic for president-elect trump in this appointment in this, it is a question the country is very concerned about diversity and how appeals are made and what happened in the campaign and again senator sessions could have a real problem getting approval by the senate. And, John, you served in national security positions during transitions as well and seeing something of a break of protocol. He met with the Japanese prime minister yesterday and had dozens of phone calls but not going through the Normal process of the state department if that was somewhat unusual and we've seen many unusual things during the course of this campaign in the early stages of this transition. But this is a very important thing to remember, this administration will be taking charge of the government at a time when we are facing significant threat as broad and significant threats at home. They'll be need to be ready day one to ham a crisis. The minute the oath is administered they own any crisis that impacts the United States. Thanks very much. Much more on the transition this Sunday on "This week."
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