- Donald Trump is considering choosing a retired general as his vice-presidential candidate. The idea is that General Michael Flynn, who advises Trump already since February, would be an important boost for Trump in the field of national security issues, said a source within the Republican Party that is involved in the selection process.
Flynn served 33 years in the military. In 2012 he was appointed by President Barack Obama as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the intelligence service of the US armed forces. In 2014 he got himself in, a year earlier than expected. Sources at the time told the Washington Post that pressure was exerted on Flynn from the White House to submit his resignation.
The Flynn name now coming to the surface is somewhat surprising. First, he is a member of the Democratic Party. Besides being the sounds from the Trump camp out that the controversial billionaire political veteran wants as running mate in recent weeks, someone who can provide him with the necessary political experience. Among others, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and governors Mike Pence and Chris Christie are mentioned in that respect.
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Something that Flynn shares with Trump is a positive attitude towards Russia. The former general has repeatedly called for closer cooperation with Russia in Syria, in the fight against IS. Flynn is seen regularly as an analyst on TV channel Russia Today. At dinner the end of 2015 to mark the tenth anniversary of the station he gave a talk and he sat at the head table by President Vladimir Putin.
In the area of Islamic extremism are Trump and Flynn, two hands on a belly. Since his retirement Flynn has become a critic of the Obama administration. In an interview with al-Jazeera last year he said that to occur, the US government deliberately chose terrorist organization Islamic State. In another interview with Fox News, the former general said that he is ten years,, at war with Islam or any part of Islam ''.