White nationalists, alt-right disappointed by Michael Flynn resignation as national security adviser

White nationalists and "alt-right" commenters on the internet are upset by the sudden resignation of Michael Flynn, President Trump's national security adviser. Flynn, a retired U.S. Army Lt. General, quit late Monday after reports that he'd lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials over the details of his communication with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Disappointment over Flynn's resignation, 24 days after assuming the role, was felt widely in internet discussion boards like Stormfront and The Daily Stormer, alt-right outlets. Members blamed everyone from the media, Mike Pence, the intelligence community and Jews.

Andrew Anglin, creator of the neo-Nazi news blog The Daily Stormer offered his own commentary, labeling Flynn as "one of our best guys," and describing the resignation as "definitely a loss. To the Jews." The website's readers agreed, several called Flynn "the kind of person we need on our team," "stand up," and that he was "too pro-white" for the administration.

A prominent "alt-right" news blog edited by white supremacist Richard Spencer also aired its dismay over the news, considering the resignation "a huge mistake."

Michael Flynn was no stranger to controversy prior to his conversation with the Russian ambassador. He used his social media account to spread numerous fake news stories and conspiracy theories relating to Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

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Retired Gen. David Petraeus

Retired Gen. David Petraeus' career includes 37 years of service in the US Army and a role as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. 

In addition to commanding the entire coalition force in Iraq, the four-star general headed US Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees all operations in Middle East.

Petraeus was briefly considered for Secretary of State by the Trump administration.

Stephen J. Hadley

Stephen Hadley served as the National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009.

He served on several advisory boards, including defense firm Raytheon, and RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy. Together with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, he helps head the international strategic consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates LLC.

He also wrote the "The Role and Importance of the National Security Advisor," which, as the title implies, is an in-depth study of the National Security Adviser's role.

Retired Gen. Keith Kellogg

As the interim National Security Adviser filling in for Michael Flynn, retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg was the chief of staff for the Trump administration's National Security Council (NSC). 

Prior to that, he worked in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office and was part of computer software giant Oracle's homeland security team

Tom Bossert

Tom Bossert, a cybersecurity expert, serves as the Homeland Security Adviser in the White House.

The former Deputy Homeland Security Adviser to President George W. Bush co-authored the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security, the government’s security policies established after the 9/11 terror attacks.

In a 2015 column in The Washington Times, Bossert seemed to defend the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by writing, "To be clear, the use of military force against Iraq and Afghanistan was and remains just ... The use of force in Iraq was just and, at the time, necessary, even if Mr. Obama disagrees with how things went."

Retired Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward

Retired Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward is a US Navy SEAL and the former Deputy Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM).

He served as the commander of SEAL Team 3 and was the Deputy Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Harward also served on the National Security Council as the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Office of Combating Terrorism, and is also the CEO for Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates.

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