We know there are quite a few people in this administration who are not well-suited to their jobs. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for one is a complete incompetent, which makes him a poor fit for anything outside running the GOP into a lake.
The NSA chief, Michael Flynn, had himself a pretty good military career. But the Army’s an arcane outfit with mysterious requirements for competency and excellence, and from which all sorts of odd birds do hail (Allen West, for instance).
We know that Flynn was ousted from the directorship of the Defense Intelligence Agency under the Obama administration back in 2014.
In a private e-mail that was leaked online, Colin Powell said that he had heard in the DIA (apparently from later DIA director Vincent R. Stewart) that Flynn got fired because he was “Abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc.” According to The New York Times, Flynn exhibited a loose relationship with facts, leading his subordinates to refer to Flynn’s repeated dubious assertions as “Flynn facts”.
Whether this makes him more or less fit to serve in a Trump administration is anybody’s guess. That he’s a wild-eyed Muslimphobe and Trumper – and something of a Muscovite – makes it almost fait accompli he ended up as Donald’s NSA chief.
But apparently he lied to everybody – even the Vice President – about his contacts with senior members of the Russian government. That doesn’t exactly bolster confidence in him.
Flynn spoke with Pence at least twice Friday, according to another White House official who declined to say whether the conversations were about the ongoing controversy. The episode over sanctions against Russia has opened a rift between Flynn and Pence, who exchanged a chilly handshake Friday before Trump’s news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Flynn also apologized to Pence and a source says the two “smoothed things over.”
Everything’s okay? Oh alright. Just fine.
Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to the President, told reporters that Trump has “full confidence” in Flynn.
“Gen. Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the President,” Conway said on MSNBC.
Right, if you say so. No reason to think the Director’s in any trouble. I mean, you would know…
Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, an abrupt end to a brief tenure.
“I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology,” Flynn wrote, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by CNN…
“I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in US history.”
Call it ‘My 24 Days At The NSA’. Look for the embittered tell-all to come out on the Breitbart imprint, in about, oh, Friday.