WASHINGTON — Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.) has been offered the position of national security adviser by President-elect Donald Trump, CBS News’ Major Garrett confirmed Thursday.
Flynn, a lifelong Democrat, is a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) — he was one of the highest-ranking national security officials supporting Trump, whom he also informally advised him on foreign policy during the primary campaign. He is also known to be a proponent of stronger ties with Russia, as well as a critic of President Obama.
Trump had at one point reportedly considered Flynn for vice president before choosing Mike Pence. The Associated Press first reported that Flynn had been offered the post.