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Trump Has Picked His National Security Adviser

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been offered the job
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Trump Has Picked His National Security Adviser
Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn gives the thumbs-up as he arrives at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York.    (Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Donald Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser, according to a senior Trump official. The AP reports the official wouldn't say whether Flynn has officially accepted the job. Flynn has been a close adviser to Trump throughout the presidential campaign and has worked with him on national security issues during the transition.

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CNN reports Flynn has, without any evidence, warned of Sharia Law coming to the US. And he was called "right wing nutty," by Colin Powell, according to Mother Jones. The national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation. The job is based in the White House and its occupant has frequent access to the president. The official was not authorized to discuss the offer publicly so insisted on anonymity. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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