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5 Facts You Need to Know About Michael Flynn

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July 11, 2016
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Michael Flynn is the most recent name in the pool of candidates for VP alongside Donald Trump. Flynn has not wasted any time making quite a stir in the political sphere. With his tough personality and complicated history under President Obama, it's not hard to see why. So, who is Michael Flynn? Here are 5 facts you need to know now:1.) Flynn is a 33 year Army Veteran.The retired United States Army lieutenant general has also served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was also commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and chair of the Military Intelligence Board. In short, his career has centered largely around Military intelligence, and the regulation of such.2.) He was sacked by the Obama administration a year before his retirement.The reasons for such actions are diverse, but one instance that certainly contributed to the problem was his outspoken proposal for sweeping changes to the DIA. He went so far as to recommend that half of the Pentagon's Civilian workforce be let go. This move that would have compromised nearly 400,000 government jobs.


3.) He told a Congressional Committee that Americans are in more danger than they were a few years ago.This is also an alleged reason that Flynn was dismissed from his position in the Obama administration. Since his early retirement, he has not been shy about expressing his negative opinion of the administration, of the President's stance on Iran, and several other diplomatic decisions.4.) Flynn published a book entitled: “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.”This book is currently the #1 Best Seller in Terrorism on Amazon. Flynn himself lists his description of America's enemies as "radical Jihadists" as a primary reason he was fired from his position, according to the New York Post.5.) Flynn is a registered Democrat.And there's the wild card. Michael Flynn is just as outspoken on his political positions; he is pro choice, pro gay marriage, and is unapologetic about his party affiliation. He has, however, criticized his own party strongly. In particular, he expressed disdain for Hillary Clinton and her use of public and private servers during her stint as the Secretary of State. Flynn said of Clinton's controversy: "If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail."

#neverhillary can never hold scty clearance & all Americans should demand she step down. Lacks any accountability. https://t.co/jP2mDKN9aQ

— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) July 8, 2016

There are some that surmise Flynn's affiliation may create some bipartisan appeal for Trump. Others have said that it may compromise conservative voters who are already wary on Trump's previous support for some left-leaning policies. What do you think of Michael Flynn?

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