SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO on Tuesday praised the national security team being shaped under the Trump administration as “first class” now that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is out of the picture.

“The good news,” said Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) to attendees of the AFCEA West 2017 conference in a keynote address delivered via teleconference.

“It’s an absolutely first class national security team, now that Flynn has been dismissed.”

Michael Flynn was a controversial pick to lead the National Security Council, since the former head of DIA peddled conspiracy theories and ultimately resigned amid accusations he misled Vice President Mike Pence about a phone call with Russia’s ambassador to the US.

Trump recently named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to replace him.

Stavridis, who was one of McMaster’s bosses for a time, praised the Army officer as “brilliant” and “creative.”


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