The election of #Donald Trump changed the direction of the United States and American politics for the foreseeable future. In the two weeks since his election, Trump has been criticized by some over his recent cabinet picks, including retired Gen. #Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.
After Donald Trump shocked the world and found a way to defeat Democratic nominee #Hillary Clinton, all eyes were then on who he would surround himself with in the White House. The first two picks were a mixed bag to the mainstream media, who praised the selection of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff, but came down on hard over Breitbart News' Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist. Another name to cause controversy is Gen. Michael Flynn, which The New Yorker elaborated on further in an article on November 24.
How Michael Flynn went from lifelong intelligence officer to a ready tweeter of hackneyed conspiracy theories. https://t.co/Y7Wv5vuxnm— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) November 24, 2016
Michael Flynn is considered a hardliner, who does not hold back his views especially when it comes to the issue of Islamic terrorism. Flynn has previously referred to Islam as a "cancer," while not ruling out bombing the families of suspected terrorists in the Middle East. According to The New Yorker, Flynn would find ways to "sometimes sneak out of the compound without the 'insane' required approval from C.I.A. headquarters." The compound in question was located in Iraq.
In addition, Flynn openly admitted to The New York that he had technicians illegally install an internet connection into his office at the Pentagon, so he could give "classified information to NATO allies without approval" of those above him. Flynn received backlash for his actions, which resulted in an investigation, but only concluded with a "warning from superiors." Flynn was also found to have a short fuse, letting his temper get the best of him as he was known to lash out at colleagues in front of other people. According to a former colleague, Flynn "created massive antibodies in the building."
With Michael Flynn tapped to be the National Security Advisor, critics on the political left worry that the Donald Trump brand of foreign policy will one of the most aggressive the United States has seen in some time. Though Trump often talks about being an isolationist and not intervening in other country's foreign affairs, he has gone on the record explaining that he would "bomb the sh*t out of ISIS."