Nov 17, 2016 9:42 PM
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump offered former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser as he began to build out his national security team Thursday, according to a senior Trump official. The move came as Trump made his most direct foray into foreign policy since the election, meeting with Japan's prime minister.
Flynn, who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has advised Trump on national security issues for months. As national security adviser, he would work in the White House and have frequent access to the president. The post does not require Senate confirmation.
The official wouldn't say whether Flynn had accepted the job, which left open the possibility that the arrangement was not finalized. The official was not authorized to discuss the offer publicly and insisted on anonymity.
Flynn, who turns 58 in December, built a reputation in the Army as an astute intelligence professional and a straight talker. He retired in 2014 and has been a fierce critic of President Barack Obama's White House and Pentagon, taking issue with the administration's approach to global affairs and fighting Islamic State militants.
Flynn has called for Washington to should work more closely with Moscow, echoing similar statements from Trump. But his warmth toward Russia has worried some national security experts.
Flynn traveled last year to Moscow, where he joined Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials in a celebration of RT, a Russian television channel. He later explained that he had been paid for taking part in the event, but brushed aside concerns that he was aiding a Russian propaganda effort.
Trump is a foreign policy novice and his early moves on national security are being closely watched by U.S allies and adversaries alike. He's said to be considering a range of officials with varying degrees of experience to lead the State Department and Pentagon.
The president-elect held his first face-to-face meeting with a world leader since winning the presidential election, huddling privately with Japan's Shinzo Abe. While Trump made no comments following the meeting, Abe said the president-elect was "a leader in whom I can have great confidence."
Trump also consulted with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and sat down with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a potential contender to lead the State Department.
In Washington, Vice President-elect Mike Pence huddled with Republican leaders in Congress. He then met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the newly elected leader of the Senate Democrats, seeking to convey respect as Democrats prepare for Republican rule of both chambers and the White House for the first time in a decade.
"We look forward to finding ways that we can find common ground and move the country forward," Pence said outside Schumer's Senate office.
In a separate gesture of reconciliation with establishment Republicans, Trump planned to meet with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who lambasted Trump as a "con man" and a "fraud" in a stinging speech last March. Trump responded by repeatedly referring to Romney as a "loser."
The two began mending fences after Trump's victory when Romney called with congratulations. They are to meet this weekend, a transition official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss Trump's schedule publicly. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said they were still "working on" the meeting.
Trump's actions Thursday aimed to show leaders both in the U.S. and overseas that he could soften his rhetoric, offer pragmatism in the White House and reaffirm longstanding American alliances. Since his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton last week, Trump has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and nearly three dozen other world leaders by telephone.
Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States, also visited the skyscraper and called Trump "a true friend of Israel." He specifically cited as another "friend" Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, whose selection as a top White House adviser has created a backlash among Democrats. Bannon's news website has peddled conspiracy theories, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.
"We look forward to working with the Trump administration, with all the members of the Trump administration, including Steve Bannon, in making the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever," Dermer said.
Trump, a reality television star, business mogul and political newcomer, also rolled out new teams that will interact with the State Department, Pentagon, Justice Department and other national security agencies. The move is part of the government transition before Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration.
Coordination had been on hold until Trump's team submitted documents including a list of transition team members who will coordinate with specific federal agencies, plus certification that they meet a code of conduct barring conflicts of interest.
White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said the minimum paperwork was finished Thursday, meaning agencies could start providing briefings and written materials to Trump's team. Indeed, the departments of State, Defense and Justice say meetings are being set up.
Conway said she expected initial announcements of Cabinet choices to come "before or right after Thanksgiving," telling reporters Trump he was "loving" the transition. "He's a transactional guy. He's somebody who's used to delivering results and producing."
One potential Cabinet member, Eva Moskowitz, said had taken herself out of the running to become education secretary. Moskowitz, a Democrat and advocate for charter schools, met with Trump this week, stoking speculation that she might inject a bit of bipartisanship in the new administration.
Moskowitz, who voted for Clinton, suggested there were "positive signs" that Trump might govern differently than he campaigned, but she wrote in a letter to parents that many of her students, who are overwhelmingly black and Latino, would feel that "they are the target of the hatred that drove Trump's campaign."
Thomas and Pace reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Erica Werner, Jonathan Lemire, Matthew Pennington and Steve Braun ontributed to this report.
Follow Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/KThomasDC and http://twitter.com/catherine_lucey
Jun 26, 2017 3:17 PMAn 80-year-old woman went out to close her chickens up and pick weeds form her garden, when a bobcat viciously attacked her. (More)
10 hours 26 minutes agoA video of a man apparently overdosing next to a woman in a vehicle and an officer coming to his aid in Boston has...
9 hours 37 minutes agoThe family of a teenage lifeguard who vanished from her post at a Massachusetts pond in 2000 has released a new video on the...
9 hours 1 minute agoStorms will develop this afternoon. (More)
Jun 26, 2017 4:02 PMA New Hampshire man is being indicted with the second-degree murder and manslaughter of his 3-year-old daughter early last year. (More)
Jun 26, 2017 5:08 PMA neighbor who witnessed the massive fire destroy Stenton Trust Mill said arson was inevitable due to the increased activity inside the abandoned building....
Jun 26, 2017 9:14 AMMassachusetts man drives a personal watercraft up and inside boat full of children on Great Pond. (More)
Jun 25, 2017 11:37 AMIn an effort to crack down on impaired driving, the New Hampshire State Police are setting up a sobriety checkpoint in Nashua. (More)
Jun 24, 2017 9:44 AMThe highest tide of the month flooded parts of Hampton overnight. (More)
Jun 25, 2017 10:40 AMOfficials say a NH man who crashed his boat onto rocks on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee has been charged with operating under the...
Jun 24, 2017 8:51 AMAfter sifting through numerous tips, police believe they have a suspect in the assault of a woman outside of Planet Fitness on June 12....
Jun 23, 2017 11:29 AM38 teenagers were arrested on alcohol-related charges after police broke up a gathering in Georges Mills Thursday night. (More)
Jun 23, 2017 12:14 PMAn inmate who escaped from a transport vehicle Thursday was captured in Concord Friday morning. (More)
Jun 22, 2017 2:40 PMA man was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for physically overpowering and raping a 14-year-old girl in an unused hallway of...
Jun 22, 2017 12:34 PMAn elderly woman confused the brakes in the car with the gas, launching her into Lake Winnipesaukee. (More)
Jun 21, 2017 8:49 AMMost Granite Staters have encountered a tick at least once in their lifetime, but a meat allergy caused by a bite from a southeastern...
Jun 22, 2017 9:37 AMWhile Manchester PD arrests 5 people for prostitution, undercover detective offered heroin and discovers man with crystal methamphetamine. (More)
Jun 22, 2017 6:20 PMThe United States Marshal's office is searching for an escaped inmate who may be in the area of Belknap or Merrimack counties. (More)
Jun 21, 2017 6:19 PMBefore planning a day trip to a New Hampshire beach or pond, make sure to check that the water is not contaminated with fecal...
Jun 22, 2017 9:47 AMThe Department of Health and Human Services report a syphilis outbreak in the state, which is consistent with the national trend. (More)
Jun 21, 2017 3:57 PMDuring an interview, an abused child told detectives the man 'always hurts me almost every time' the two are together. (More)
Jun 21, 2017 3:42 PMWho is Christina Fay? What we know about her before she was arrested for housing 84 Great Danes in deplorable conditions at her Wolfeboro...
Jun 21, 2017 11:51 AMA potential funnel cloud was caught on camera. (More)
Jun 21, 2017 12:22 PMOn Tuesday afternoon police arrested a man for allegedly abusing a young boy he was watching. (More)
Jun 20, 2017 2:06 PM15,351 students at the University of New Hampshire can sleep peacefully knowing their campus has been ranked as the safest school in the Uunited...
Jun 20, 2017 3:45 PMPolice are looking to speak with a Somersworth woman after finding a car involved in a hit-and-run that killed a 71-year-old woman. (More)
Jun 20, 2017 11:39 AMTwo young children were present when police searched a Massachusetts apartment Monday night and arrested a man on multiple drug distribution charges. (More)
Jun 20, 2017 2:28 PMNew Hampshire State Police are hoping that video surfaced out of California may help lead to clues to solve the case of a serial...
Jun 19, 2017 1:13 PMA New Hampshire school district is mourning the loss of their superintendent after he died from a sudden illness. (More)
Jun 19, 2017 8:11 AMWhile investigating suspected money laundering, FBI recorded the man claiming he won money while in Colorado hunting Bigfoot. (More)
Jun 19, 2017 12:57 PMMany parents in New Hampshire probably believe their baby is the cutest in the state, but one competition is looking to say otherwise. (More)
Jun 19, 2017 4:30 PMPolice released the identity of a Massachusetts man who was killed after being involved in a three vehicle crash along Route 3A. (More)
Jun 18, 2017 2:32 PMThose looking to adopt the Great Danes rescued at a suspected New Hampshire puppy mill may have to wait up to a year to...
Jun 18, 2017 8:42 PMThunderstorms are likely to be strong Monday afternoon and evening. (More)
Jun 19, 2017 12:25 PMA Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for all of New Hampshire until 8 p.m. Monday. (More)
Jun 18, 2017 10:23 AMThe Somersworth Police Department are searching for the suspected driver who hit and killed a pedestrian. (More)
Jun 18, 2017 12:11 PMThree New Hampshire teenagers have been charged with assaulting a popular street performer in Boston who plays music while dressed as a bear. (More)
Jun 18, 2017 10:46 AMOfficers arrested three men at a New Hampshire homeless shelter after they resisted arrest by trying to take an officer's gun and hitting officers,...
Jun 18, 2017 11:17 AMDonations to The Humane Society of the United States helped ease the rescue of 84 Great Danes from a New Hampshire puppy mill. (More)
Jun 16, 2017 5:21 PMA Barnstead man is speaking out after his 2-year-old pool is unusable due to what he claims is an installation error. However, weather may...
Jun 16, 2017 2:34 PMAfter a stabbing victim arrived at Elliot Hospital, police and SWAT surrounded a Manchester house believing more victims could be within. (More)
Jun 16, 2017 2:07 PMAutopsy for suspect of a high speed chase through multiple states revealed the officer-involved shooting to be a homicide. (More)
Jun 15, 2017 3:40 PMTimothy Dearborn arraigned of several charges in Merrimack County Superior Court after allegedly shooting a gun Thursday night in downtown Concord. (More)
Jun 15, 2017 2:06 PMPolice in Mass. are investigating the death of a dog that was left in a car in a country club parking lot on a...
Jun 16, 2017 7:42 AMAn hour-long police chase that began in Massachusetts has ended in a crash in New Hampshire with the suspect dead. (More)
Jun 14, 2017 3:18 PMThe Strafford County Drug Task Force has arrested 13 people on drug charges over the past three months as a result of Operation Granite...
Jun 15, 2017 11:57 AMWitnesses told police Timothy Dearborn, 33, of Concord, showed them a 9mm pistol before walking to the Low Avenue area where he then fired...
Jun 15, 2017 2:50 PMPolice arrested two New York brothers who allegedly used counterfeit $100 bills in the city. (More)
Jun 14, 2017 4:02 PMA Portsmouth man shot and killed by officers died from multiple gunshot wounds, the Chief Medical Examiner said. (More)