Trump of­fers Flynn na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser job

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF - By Ken Thomas, Cather­ine Lucey and Julie Pace

NEW YORK >> Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump be­gan build­ing out his na­tional se­cu­rity team Thurs­day, of­fer­ing re­tired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser. The move came as Trump made his most di­rect foray into for­eign pol­icy since the elec­tion, meet­ing with Ja­pan’s prime min­is­ter.

Flynn, who served as the di­rec­tor of the De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency, has ad­vised Trump on na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues for months. As na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, he would work in the White House and have fre­quent ac­cess to the pres­i­dent.

The of­fi­cial wouldn’t say whether Flynn had ac­cepted the job. The of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the of­fer pub­licly and in­sisted on anonymity.

Trump held his first face-to-face meet­ing with a world leader since win­ning the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, hud­dling pri­vately with Ja­pan’s Shinzo Abe. While Trump made no com­ments fol­low­ing the pri­vate meet­ing, Abe said the pres­i­den­t­elect was “a leader in whom I can have great con­fi­dence.”

Trump is a for­eign pol­icy novice and his early moves on na­tional se­cu­rity are be­ing closely watched by U.S al­lies and ad­ver­saries alike. He’s said to be con­sid­er­ing a range of of­fi­cials with vary­ing de­grees of ex­pe­ri­ence to lead the State Depart­ment and Pen­tagon.

Flynn, who turns 58 in De­cem­ber, built a rep­u­ta­tion in the Army as an as­tute in­tel­li­gence pro­fes­sional and a straight talker. He re­tired in 2014 and has been a fierce critic of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s White House and Pen­tagon, tak­ing is­sue with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ap­proach to global af­fairs and fight­ing Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

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