After the Washington Times published a report that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was “missing” in an article published on July 9, news outlets including the Associated Press and the CBS News scrambled to get the story on where on Earth the man could be.
They found him surfing at his childhood respite of Middletown, Rhode Island.
According to the AP, he “seeks sanctuary from the swirling eddy of news coverage in the beach town where he grew up surfing and skateboarding.”
The reports go on to characterize Flynn with facts from his past; the 13 year old boy who received a commendation for saving two toddlers from being hit by a car, the student body president who rose from the Army ROTC to the rank of lieutenant general.
He retired from government service in 2014 and went on to set up a company that accepted speaking fees from Russian entities and later did consulting work for a Turkish-owned business. He joined the Trump campaign and then was appointed to the position of national security adviser, but he was forced to resign after he was accused of lying about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Now, his foreign contracts and income are under scrutiny by investigators.
Childhood friend Thomas A. Heaney Jr., a retired Army colonel, told reporters, “He knows that most of the allegations in terms of the way they were presented were sensationalized and are not true. He’s got his head up. He knows he’s a good servant. He’s a patriot and he didn’t deserve to be treated the way he’s being treated, but he’s not letting that overwhelm him.”
Flynn’s 2016 book, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam” is mentioned several times in the current articles about his whereabouts, but it’s interesting to note that they all chop off the second phrase of his book, referring to it only as “The Field of Fight.”
When asked about his position with the administration, his brother Jack Flynn reveals, “I know for sure that he at first said no. And he said to me ‘It’s a tough one to say no to when you’re pressed. When you’ve gone that far. So I said OK.’”
It’s being reported that Flynn is in “recuperation mode” as he surfs with friends and family.
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