Michael Flynn (with his hand to his ear) sits next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner in Moscow on Dec. 10, 2015, celebrating the 10th anniversary of RT, an English-language TV channel funded by the Russian government. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption
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What does Michael Flynn, President Trump’s erstwhile national security advisor, think about Russia?
His statements and actions are so contradictory, they could induce whiplash.
In his book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, published last July, here is what Flynn thought about working with Russian President Vladimir Putin: “There’s no reason to believe Putin would welcome cooperation with us. Quite the contrary, in fact.”
Seems clear enough: Russia is an adversary. Be wary of Putin. A standard position in the national security community.
Yet Flynn was also busy making contacts with Russia. In December 2015, Flynn sat next to Putin in Moscow at a celebration for RT, the state-run TV network.
Documents show that Flynn was paid $33,000 for a speech he delivered at the event. As a retired Army lieutenant general,