He always seemed a little bit nutty to me. I appreciated the fact that he thought Islam was a big threat, and it didn’t bother me at all that he wanted better relations with Russia. But he seemed to be lacking in managerial competency. Kind of like a Newt Gingrich but not as smart. Yes, that’s another thing about Flynn, smart enough to get promoted and appear to know what he’s doing (perhaps an IQ of 120) but lacking in higher level intelligence of the kind that Steve Bannon has.
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Trump is not one to back away from a fight with the media. I don’t think that Trump has suddenly become soft.
Trump likes to reward people who are loyal to him, and especially those who were loyal to him back when everyone said he had no chance of winning anything and that anyone who associated with Trump was an evil racist. Flynn was one of those loyalists whom Trump rewarded.
But Trump has also shown that he can get rid of people too, like he got rid of Chris Christie. I think that Trump saw this as an opportunity to get rid of Flynn because he didn’t turn out as well (for reasons I explained above) as Trump hoped.
Also Trump seems to have a genuine dislike for people who used their government careers as a springboard into getting rich from lobbying, and Flynn was involved in that.