Trump picks Flynn, Sessions, Pompeo for top posts
Donald Trump has selected retired Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, the Trump transition team announced, granting the first appointments of his upcoming presidency to two men who were unfailingly loyal to him during the divisive election cycle.
The president-elect also announced Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., as his pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
In his statement, Trump said Sessions “is greatly admired by legal scholars and virtually everyone who knows him,” and that “Flynn is one of the country’s foremost experts on military and intelligence matters.”
Trump said Pompeo will “be a brilliant and unrelenting leader for our intelligence community to ensure the safety of Americans and our allies.”
Flynn, 57, has been an outspoken critic of President Obama. He is highly regarded in the military and intelligence communities but was dismissed from the Pentagon’s top intelligence job in late 2014 for his combative style. He’s been a critical force shaping Trump’s world view that the United States is at war with “radical Islamic terrorism,” which stands in contrast to Obama, who’s warned against framing the war on terror along religious lines.
Sessions, 69, has been in the Senate since 1997. He is a former U.S. Attorney in Mobile, Ala., and former Alabama Attorney General. He was the first senator to endorse Trump during the Republican primary early this year and is known for his hardline views on immigration. The Senate Judiciary Committee 30 years ago rejected Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship after hearing testimony about racially insensitive remarks he made to colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s office in south Alabama.
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