President-Elect Donald Trump Taps Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser

General Flynn advised Trump's campaign on national security matters.

"I am deeply humbled and honored to accept the position as national security adviser to serve both our country and our nation's next President, Donald J. Trump,” Flynn said in a statement.

Responsible for the country’s military and foreign policy efforts, Flynn will play a sizable role in shaping the Trump administration's policies, including how to deliver on the campaign promise to “defeat ISIS and radical Islam.”

Flynn brings to the job nearly 30 years of military experience. He was a major surrogate and adviser on national security issues throughout Trump’s campaign, frequently appeared at rallies and became a regular figure on weekend news programs.

He also served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014. Flynn left the position in 2014, claiming in an op-ed published in the New York Post that he was forced out for “calling our enemies radical jihadis.”

Though a registered Democrat, Flynn emerged from the DIA highly critical of President Obama and his administration's approach to the Middle East.

In an interview with CNN last December, Flynn said the White House ignored intelligence reports that pointed to the eventual rise of ISIS, because it didn’t “meet a particular narrative the White House needed” when Obama was running for reelection in 2012.

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