Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn considers being one of Donald Trump's potential vice presidential picks an "unbelievable honor," and believes that people in the political establishment need to "check their egos" when it comes to the presumptive GOP nominee.
"I met with Donald Trump almost a year ago, the latter part of last summer," the retired officer told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program
. "I found him to be an incredible listener. What I look for is the ability to ask really tough, smart questions.
"The conversation we had, which was basically about the world, what's going on around the world, I think it was to give him a sense that his framework, his frame of mind was in the place where he just needed some reinforcement."
Flynn said he went into the meeting wanting to know if Trump was a serious candidate, and walked away deciding that "this is a guy who is very serious. This is a guy that talks about winning."
And Flynn, a lifelong Democrat, told the program that he believes the United States needs a new direction, and he also believes the American public feels the same way.
But, he told the program he never thought in his "wildest imagination" that he would be under consideration to become a vice president.
He does believe that there is an underlying demographic shift happening in the United States, and Trump plays a role in the business about illegal immigration.
Flynn's new book, "The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies,"
came out on Tuesday, and he said that he wanted to release it before the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but that he did not know he would be under consideration as a potential running mate when he agreed to the release date.
In his book, he addresses the importance of discrediting the radical ideology behind radical Islam.
Meanwhile, Flynn reiterated on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program
that he believes the right to life, once again clarifying his comments on a weekend program that he believes in a woman's right to choose
when it comes to abortion.
He also said he would bring "a lot of focus" and discipline to the vice presidential seat.
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