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Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: I would feel more secure with a President Trump

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," June 2, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

 

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Former director of Defense Intelligence Lieutenant General Michael Flynn goes ON THE RECORD.

Nice to see you, sir.

LT. GEN. MICHAEL FLYNN, FORMER DIRECTOR, DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE: Nice to see you.

VAN SUSTEREN: I want to talk about the foreign policy speech. But before I do, today, three dead in Texas. One in Tennessee. A pilot with the Blue Angel. Six missing.

FLYNN: Yes.

VAN SUSTEREN: This all happened in the United States in one day. You know, just tough.

FLYNN: Well, I mean, I think it just shows your viewers just how difficult and how challenging it is to serve in the armed forces these days with all of the things that we're asking our men and women to do.

And this is just sort of the hazards of the chosen profession. And it's a real tragedy when these things happen. I just -- my heart goes out to the families, the commanders, the troops that these guys were working with. You know, the men and women of the Blue Angels. I mean, jeez, what a tough day.

VAN SUSTEREN: If the six missing don't make it, that would be 10 who died. 10 military tied today just on our soil.

Anyway, let me turn now to the foreign policy. Who would you feel more secure as Commander-in-Chief, a President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump, and why?

FLYNN: President Donald Trump, and here is why.

You know, Hillary Clinton today -- I watched the speech. I didn't think it was much on foreign policy at all.

And she talked about people who are dangerous. I mean, a secretary of state who lies to the American public, a secretary of state who uses an unsecure email server to send and receive highly-classified national security information, knowing that she is not doing the right thing.

And when you look at some of the actions that she was directly involved in, the rise of the Islamic State, the failure of Libya, the failure of the Russian Reset, the failure of the pivot to the Pacific with, you know, with our -- nobody even talks about that anymore. It was such a failure. I mean, I could go on and on.

The Iranian nuclear deal, which she was directly involved in. Yemen.

I mean, there's so many things that she touched that are just utter failures.

And so when people talk about, you know, whoever the Democratic nominee is going to be, and the current policies that we are -- that we have seen in the last 8 years. And, frankly, I could tie a few to the last administration, too.

So I'm not -- this is not to let, you know, just a hit -- you know, the current administration and the time that Hillary Clinton was there. But we need a completely new direction in this country.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is Donald Trump the right direction, though? And she has said things, talks about a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds. I mean, she goes after him.

I mean, where is the confidence that you have in Donald Trump?

FLYNN: In the time that I have spoken to him, the type of conversations that I have seen and been a part of, I mean, he is in a bit of a, what I would describe as a knife fight in this sort of political debate that we're in right now.

And he definitely is new to this game. But I would say that you have an individual who is a -- an incredible problem solver. Has great instincts. Has great judgment. Has created an enormous economic engine within his own business environment. He is somebody who has done a lot.

And, you know, much more than just the political class. And I think that there are two other things that he has clearly done. He has put a stake in the political -- he has put a stake in the heart of political correctness. And he has found an enormous swell of the American public that feels deeply under appreciated by Washington, D.C.

VAN SUSTEREN: Can someone have too much confidence and an unwillingness to listen to conservatives? One of the things I assume the president has to do is listen to his military advisors for instance.

FLYNN: Sure.

VAN SUSTEREN: I mean, can you have too much confidence where you are unwilling to listen to the people.

FLYNN: Yes. I mean, I think he can. I mean, you have to be able to listen and you have to be -- you have to make sure that you surround yourself with people who aren't just like you.

You have to be able to have people around you that you are willing to -- you know, sort of the ones that are going to challenge your views. And you don't -- you are not as successful as an individual as he is and has been without being able to do that.

I mean, you just look at some of the people that he has got around him, that is sort of close in circle. These are not people that all think like him.

I mean, you know, I will tell you, I'm not in his inner circle. But I can tell you that I don't agree with everything that he has said. But I do see the type of ideas and things that he wants to do.

I mean, the greatest threat to our country right now is our economy. Number one. There is no doubt about it in my mind.

Everything that I have looked at over my certainly the last decade and the kinds of things that we have been involved in, where we have been, wasting resources by this country.

And I think that, you know, frankly, Hillary Clinton speech, she didn't talk much about the economy. She really didn't. She talked about sort of these lofty things and really didn't dive into the things that I believe the American public cares about, which is the economy of our country. We must protect this economy, which protects our livelihood. Not for the next four years, Greta, or not even for the next 10 years, but for the next 50 or for the next 100.

I mean, we are in a different era in this 21st century, and we are already in the second decade. And we are having a very, very difficult time right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: General, thank you for joining us. I hope you come back.

FLYNN: Thanks very much.

VAN SUSTEREN: Thank you, sir.

FLYNN: I appreciate it.