The seemingly divine appointment of Retired General Michael Flynn to be National Security Adviser to the President came as absolutely no surprise to anyone, regardless of political persuasion. He had been an avid supporter of the Trump campaign, speaking at numerous events, appearing in correlation with then-candidate Trump, and even being floated as a Vice President pick when the naming process was in it’s earliest stages.Flynn had been seen as the pinnacle example of a Trump supporter: not too radical, but not so level-headed that he was boring. he was just the right kind of crazy for Trump to like him. Appointed on the first day of 45’s presidency, Flynn seemed to be smooth sailing from there on in the White House.
It was not long, however, before Flynn was embroiled in controversy. Less than two weeks into the new administration, it was revealed by some in the State Department and Justice Department that Flynn may have had compromising discussions with the Russian ambassador to the United States. While bad in and of itself, this situation put President Trump on the defensive over the past few weeks, which spells temporary disaster for nearly every other policy agenda on the docket.
If not to compound the concerning situation regarding Michael Flynn, it was also later revealed that Flynn could be blackmailed by Russian Intelligence organizations among other foreign entities, thus escalating the situation.
On Monday, February 13th 2017, in the evening, Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Adviser, and General Keith Kellogg became the acting NS Adviser.