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Former Intelligence Chief: “I Never Met With Obama Once in Five Years”

July 13, 2016

Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, who served as the Director of Intelligence under Obama, told the Daily Caller that during his five year span in key intelligence posts he did not meet with Obama once. He stated that Obama is “aloof” and “very distant” when it came to professional relationships.


Flynn served in several intelligence roles under Obama. In April of 2012 he was nominated to be director of the Defense Intelligence Agency by the president. Flynn would leave this position after only two years, in 2014 he stepped down from his role after clashing with his superiors in the administration.  He spoke about his experience to  the Caller:

Here I am, running one of the largest intelligence agencies in the world, He appoints me twice — one as the assistant director of national intelligence and one as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. I’m also his senior intelligence officer. And I had almost five years in combat… I never met with him once,

Since leaving his role as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Flynn has become a leading critic on how the Obama administration is handling military policy in the Middle East and Radical Islamic groups like ISIS. He claims Obama purposely ignored the growing threat of ISIS for years in order to avoid endangering his chances of reelection.

Flynn has also officially announced his support for Donald Trump. He views Trump as a “very refreshing” candidate: He said:

Trump has a bigger, longer-term vision for this country than just sitting as a President for four years. He really does. And that’s what I was impressed by,

Unlike Obama, Trump has already taken the time to sit down with Flynn to not only discuss politics but listen to his ideas on national security and foreign policy.  The two men share a common contempt for political correctness and seem to have a mutual respect for each other.

Flynn is considered to be on the “short list” of potential running mates for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.