Sunday, November 20, 2016

President Elect Trumps Appointees: So Far So Good


Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (born December 30, 1963) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional districtsince 2011. He is a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.[3][4] He was a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee. On November 18, 2016 he was selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be Trump's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[5]
Education, and early career
Pompeo was born in Orange, California, the son of Dorothy (née Mercer) and Wayne Pompeo.[6][7] He attended the U.S. Military Academy where he majored in Mechanical Engineering, graduating first in his class in 1986 and subsequently serving in the Regular Army as an Armor Branch cavalry officer from 1986 to 1991.[8] He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He then worked as a lawyer for Williams & Connolly.[9]
Business career

Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace.[10] In 2006 he sold his interest in Thayer (which was renamed Nex-Tech Aerospace). He became the President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment company.[11]
Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. First elected in 1996, Sessions is a member of the Republican Party.
From 1981 to 1993 he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. Sessions was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994, and to the U.S. Senate in 1996, being re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. Sessions was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fifth-most conservative U.S. Senator, siding strongly with the Republican Party on political issues. He supported the major legislative efforts of the George W. Bush administration, including the 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, the Iraq War, and a proposed national amendment to ban same-sex marriage. He was one of 25 senators to oppose the establishment of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. He has opposed the Democratic leadership since 2007 on most major legislation, including the stimulus bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he opposed all three of President Barack Obama's nominees for the Supreme Court.
On November 18, 2016, the transition team announced via press release that President-elect Trump had picked Sessions as his nominee for Attorney General.
U.S. Attorney
Sessions was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabamabeginning in 1975. In 1981, President Reagan nominated Sessions to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. The Senate confirmed him and he held that position for 12 years.[8]
Alabama Attorney General and U.S. Senate
Sessions was elected Attorney General of Alabama in November 1994, unseating incumbent Democrat Jimmy Evans with 57% of the vote.
In 1996, Sessions won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, after a runoff, and then defeated Democrat Roger Bedford 53%–46% in the November general election.[6] He succeeded Howell Heflin, who had retired after 18 years in the Senate. In 2002, Sessions won reelection by defeating Democratic State Auditor Susan Parker. In 2008, Sessions defeated Democratic State Senator Vivian Davis Figures (sister-in-law of Thomas Figures, the Assistant U.S. Attorney who testified at Sessions' judicial confirmation hearing) to win a third term. Sessions received 63 percent of the vote to Figures' 37 percent. Sessions successfully sought a fourth term in 2014[33] and was uncontested in both the Republican primary and the general election.[34][35]
Sessions was only the second freshman Republican senator from Alabama since Reconstruction and gave Alabama two Republican senators, a first since Reconstruction. He was easily reelected in 2002, becoming the first Republican reelected to the Senate from Alabama since Reconstruction (given that his colleague Richard Shelby, who won reelection as a Republican in 1998, had previously run as a Democrat, switching parties in 1994).[34]
Michael Thomas "Mike" Flynn (born December 1958) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who last served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, from July 22, 2012 to August 7, 2014.[1]
Flynn's military career was primarily operational, with numerous combat arms, conventional and special operations senior intelligence assignments. He co-authored a report in January 2010 through the Center for a New American Security entitled Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan,[2]
His service also included being the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, chair of the Military Intelligence Board, Assistant Director of National Intelligence,[3][4] and the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. He retired with 33 years service in the Army.
Flynn is a published author, with articles appearing in Small Wars JournalMilitary ReviewJoint Forces Quarterly and other military and intelligence publications.
In May 2016, he emerged as one of several leading possibilities to be the vice presidential running mate for Republican nominee Donald Trump,[5][6][7][8] but instead, Trump selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence.[9] At the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Flynn delivered what the Los Angeles Timescalled a "fiery speech".[10] On November 18, 2016, Trump's transition team announced via press release that President-elect Donald Trump had named General Flynn his National Security Advisor.[11]
Flynn is a registered Democrat, having grown up in a "very strong Democratic family".[60] However, he was a keynote speaker during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention,[10] and he is a surrogate and top national security adviser for president-elect Donald Trump.
Education
Flynn was born in Middletown, Rhode Island in December 1958,[4]  Michael Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in management science in 1981 and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He also earned a Master of Business Administration in Telecommunications from Golden Gate University, a Master of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.[1]
Flynn is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and Naval War College.[1]
U.S. Military career
Flynn was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in military intelligence, in 1981.[1] His military assignments included multiple tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 82nd Airborne DivisionXVIII Airborne Corps, and Joint Special Operations Command, where he deployed for Invasion of Grenada in Grenada and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.[20] He also served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield BarracksHawaii, and at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort PolkLouisiana, and the Army Intelligence Center at Fort HuachucaArizona.[1]
Flynn served as the assistant chief of staff, G2, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 2001 and the director of intelligence, Joint Task Force 180 in Afghanistan until July 2002. He commanded the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade from June 2002 to June 2004.[1] He was the director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command from July 2004 to June 2007, with service in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom). He served as the director of intelligence, United States Central Command from June 2007 to July 2008, as the director of intelligence, Joint Staff from July 2008 to June 2009, then the director of intelligence, International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from June 2009 to October 2010.[1][21]
Defense Intelligence Agency, Director
In September 2011, Flynn was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. On April 17, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Flynn to be the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.[22][23] Flynn took command of the DIA in July 2012.[24] In October 2012, Flynn announced plans to release his paper "VISION2020: Accelerating Change Through Integration", a broad look at how the Defense Intelligence Agency must transform to meet the national security challenges for the 21st Century.[25] It was meant to emphasize “integration, interagency teamwork and innovation of the whole workforce, not just the technology but the people.” [26]
Retirement
On April 30, 2014, Flynn announced his retirement effective later in 2014, about a year earlier than he had been scheduled to leave his position. Flynn retired with 33 years of service on August 7, 2014.[35]
Consulting firm
Main article: Flynn Intel Group
Flynn, along with son Michael G. Flynn, runs Flynn Intel Group which provides intelligence services for business and governments.[36] 
Having already been consulted regarding national security by candidates Carly FiorinaScott WalkerBen CarsonTed Cruz, and Donald Trump,[47] Flynn was asked in February 2016 to serve as an adviser to the Trump campaign.[48]  As one of the keynote speakers during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention Flynn gave what the Los Angeles Times described as a "fiery" speech, in which he stated: "We are tired of Obama's empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric. This, this has caused the world to have no respect for America's word, nor does it fear our might";[10]  On November 18, 2016, Flynn accepted president-elect Donald Trump's offer of the position of National Security Advisor.[59]
Political
Having already been consulted regarding national security by candidates Carly FiorinaScott WalkerBen CarsonTed Cruz, and Donald Trump,[47] Flynn was asked in February 2016 to serve as an adviser to the Trump campaign.[48]  As one of the keynote speakers during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention Flynn gave what the Los Angeles Times described as a "fiery" speech, in which he stated: "We are tired of Obama's empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric. This, this has caused the world to have no respect for America's word, nor does it fear our might";[10]  On November 18, 2016, Flynn accepted president-elect Donald Trump's offer of the position of National Security Advisor.[59]
Flynn has been a board member of ACT! for America[59] and sees the Muslim faith as one of the root causes of Islamist terrorism.[63]He has described Islam as a political ideology and a cancer,[63][64] and stated on Twitter that the "fear of Muslims is RATIONAL."[59]Initially supportive of Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US, Flynn later told Al Jazeera that a blanket ban was unworkable and has called instead for "vetting" of entrants from countries like Syria.[59] Flynn has stated the U.S. "should extradite Fethullah Gülen" to Turkey and "work constructively with Russia" in Syria.[33][65]

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