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Trump's pick for national security adviser praises some Democrats, but is mum on policy details

Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau on

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WASHINGTON -- At the Republican National Convention last July, retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn famously led Donald Trump's supporters in angry chants of "Lock her up!" to demand prosecution of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Flynn has suggested that Americans should fear all Muslims, and argued that terrorism committed by Muslims is rooted in mainstream Islam. "Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL," he tweeted last February.

So on Tuesday, when Flynn made his first public comments since President-elect Trump picked him to be the next White House national security adviser, a packed hall at the U.S. Institute of Peace waited to hear what the fiery former commander and provocative Trump adviser had to say.

Flynn couldn't have been more gracious.

After he was introduced by Susan Rice, the outgoing national security adviser, he gushed, "That was an amazing speech."

He confessed that he was "in awe" of Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state who had campaigned for Clinton and who sat in the audience.

Rice and Albright have shown "grace, dignity, elegance, commitment to this country," he declared.

Flynn spoke for just over 10 minutes and offered no details or specific policy ideas to outline his plans in the White House. Reporters were not given time to ask questions.

Trump will stand up for American values overseas in an "unapologetic defense of liberty that is the core value of American exceptionalism," Flynn said.

"We have always been the indispensable nation, and we always will be," he said.

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