Anyone who hoped Donald Trump the president would be more moderate than Trump the candidate will find little to like in his latest personnel choices — each of whom has taken positions that make even fellow Republicans squirm.
The president-elect on Friday said he would nominate Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Representative Mike Pompeo for CIA director, and chose retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as national security adviser. The three men, all campaign loyalists, lie well outside the conservative mainstream and raise the prospect of contentious confirmation hearings in the Senate.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has offered retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn the position of White House national security adviser, a senior Trump official said on Thursday.
The 57-year-old Flynn was one of Trump’s earliest backers, helping organize support from current and retired officers throughout his campaign. A career intelligence officer who led the Defense Intelligence Agency for two years through August 2014, he drew criticism from former colleagues and opponents for accepting Russian money for speaking engagements.
Colin Powell, the former Republican secretary of state and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, called Flynn a “right-wing nutty” in e-mails posted by the website DCleaks.com and reported by BuzzFeed News. Powell’s office confirmed the authenticity of the e-mails.