Top Trump adviser to speak at Ripon College Monday


RIPON, Wis. (WBAY) – President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for his National Security Adviser will speak at Ripon College Monday evening.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will speak about national security and the Islamic State group during an address at the college’s Harwood Memorial Union. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

Gen. Flynn has more than 30 years of experience in military intelligence. He served as the director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Flynn also served as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s spy arm. He was fired in 2014 and has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s handling of the fight against the Islamic State.

He’s not without controversy, mainly for his comments on Islam. In February, Flynn tweeted a link to an anti-Islam video titled “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.”

He’s also called Islam a “cancer.”

CNN has found that Flynn shared fake news stories and “conspiracy theories” on Twitter. Critics have also questioned his support of “alt-right” figures on Twitter.

On ABC’s This Week, Former CIA director Michael Hayden had this to say about Gen. Flynn and the role of President-elect Trump’s top national security adviser:

“By and large, he has been successful on the tactical, operational level,” Hayden told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. “This is a strategic, global job, so I think he will be stretched a bit.”

Ripon College president Dr. Zach Messitte tells Action 2 News the Gen. Flynn speech builds on the school’s history of giving leaders of different political opinions a place to discuss ideas.

“Gen. Flynn is clearly going to be one of the key national security advisers who will guide the incoming Trump administration and we are pleased to have him on campus at such an important time,” Messitte said.

Ripon is the “birthplace of the Republican Party.”