Obama NEVER MET With His Defense Intelligence Chief General Flynn not even once. This should strike you as odd especially in light of all the upheaval in the Middle East. Let this sink in for a minute, the President of the United States NEVER met with his intelligence chief once during the rise of ISIS and all of the Arab uprisings during the past few years.
President Barack ObamaÂ twice appointed former Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to key national security jobs in his administration, including as deputy director of national intelligence and later as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, yet he never once met with Flynn face to face.
The general, who spent 33 years in the intelligence field, told The Daily Caller News Foundation he was never called in for a face-to-face meeting with Obama to offer his assessment of ISIS as it rampaged through the Middle East, or during the political Â meltdown of Libya and Egypt, or on Iranâ€™s efforts to build a nuclear bomb, or of the â€œRussian resetâ€ that ended in shambles.
In four years, Flynn was never invited to brief the president on any kind of intelligence issue. Ever.
â€œHere is the crux of my relationship with Obama,â€ Flynn told TheDCNF in a wide ranging interview Tuesday. â€œHere I am, running one of the largest intelligence agencies in the world. He appoints me twice â€” one as the assistant director of national intelligence and one as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Iâ€™m also his senior intelligence officer. And I had almost five years in combat.â€
He paused, then said, â€œI never met with him once.â€
â€œHeâ€™s a kind of a funny guy when it comes to relationships,â€ Flynn told TheDCNF.Â â€œHeâ€™s very aloof and very distant. I wasnâ€™t on his screen at all. I wasnâ€™t on his radar which is really sad. Itâ€™s amazing.â€
Now in a turn of tables, Flynn is advising presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and is widely reported as being on the short list to run as Trumpâ€™s vice president.
Unlike Obama, Trump has not only met with Flynn but has also spent hours listening to Flynnâ€™s views.
Flynnâ€™s characteristic answers are candid and direct. On the possible choice as Trumpâ€™s vice presidential running mate: â€œThis is an honor to be considered at this level and this mix of talent. The fact that my name is being bantered around in the small group of people for this very distinguished office is something I would give serious consideration to.â€
He added that â€œI have said I want to continue to serve this country in any capacity.â€
Like Trump, Flynn is an unconventional figure who abhors political correctness.
He has just published his first book after he was unceremoniously fired by Obama in 2014 for delivering a pessimistic assessment of ISIS before Congress. The presentation went directly against the Presidentâ€™s prediction that ISIS was irrelevant â€” a â€œJV team.â€
Flynn could have written the typical Washington â€œTell Allâ€ insiderâ€™s book about the Obama administration.Â Instead, he teamed up with Iran and Middle East expert Michael Ledeen in writing a serious book about the threat of Islamic terrorism titled, â€œThe Field of Flight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.â€
Flynn says he is impressed with Trump.Â â€œI have met him. We sat down and talked in his offices in New York. The first time was quite a while ago. Iâ€™ve been in touch with him and his inner circle since last September,â€ he told TheDCNF.
â€œHe is very, very serious about the future of this county. He is a great listener. I felt we had a great discussion about the world.â€
At the first meeting, â€œhe sort of threw out a couple of questions to me, which I felt were very telling of his insight and his knowledge.â€
Then, Flynn said the two of them â€œwalked around the world for about an hour and a half, sort of discussing back and forth.â€
Flynn described Trump as â€œvery refreshing.â€ The presidential candidate â€œreally thought deeply about the issues of America and its relationships around the world. And also about America,â€ he said.
â€œMy impression â€” and I have been around many good leaders in my career â€” and I found him to be a very strong, dynamic leader. And I think thatâ€™s why he is so attractive to so many people in this country right now.â€
â€œTrump has a bigger, longer-term vision for this country than just sitting as a President for four years. He really does. And thatâ€™s what I was impressed by,â€ Flynn told TheDCNF.
Flynn is less charitable toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of his colleagues in the Obama administration.
â€œShe is somebody that you get the impression that sheâ€™s got some other hidden agenda,â€ he said. â€œI always felt where there were interactions,Â there is some other hidden agenda there that doesnâ€™t necessarily have the best interest of the country. Something else is going on.â€
He pointed to Clintonâ€™s â€œRussian resetâ€ as one of her biggest failures. The reset was an initiative from Clinton in an effort to restore positive relations with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
â€œThe Russian reset was a complete failure. That was her sort of baby. She lacked the understanding of how Russia deals on the global stage and how Russia deals with people, personalities and also on nation-on nation, and the way they see us,â€ Flynn said.
â€œShe went into it with a level of arrogance and a lack of understanding.â€
Unlike some skeptics in Washington, though, Flynn thought at the time that a Russian â€œresetâ€ could work.Â â€œThat Russian reset actually could have turned into something that resulted in some sort of mutual respect. But in fact under her leadership, it completely collapsed.â€
He also is blunt about corruption and the Clinton Foundation:Â â€œThe public corruption between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department may never be discovered. Or it may be discovered well past the election. But itâ€™s a very real issue.â€
Flynn challenged the foundationâ€™s acceptance of $100 million in contributions from Persian Gulf Sheiks.
â€œThe fact she takes one dollar from Saudi Arabia as any kind of a donation is a disgrace,â€ Flynn said. â€œAny of these countries destroys womenâ€™s rights. And then she stands there and claims that sheâ€™s for women.â€
Hillary ClintonÂ â€œshould give back every red penny that she gets from those guys,â€ Flynn said. â€œThen she can talk about womenâ€™s rights.â€