More information continues to come to light about the recent resignation of Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, and it’s sure to make the wheel of controversy spin afresh around the new administration.
Apparently, a new report states the president was informed several weeks ago about Flynn and his interactions with a Russian ambassador.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer weighed in on the matter with fresh details.
The New York Times is reporting:
President Trump was informed more than two weeks ago that his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had not told the truth about his interactions with Russia’s ambassador, and the president eventually asked for Mr. Flynn’s resignation after concluding he could not be trusted, a White House official said on Tuesday.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said the president’s team had been “reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks trying to ascertain the truth.” While Mr. Trump and his advisers ultimately concluded that there was no violation of law, the president decided Mr. Flynn could no longer serve in his position.
“The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn’s resignation,” Mr. Spicer said at his daily briefing. He did not elaborate on the “other questionable instances.”
Mr. Spicer’s comments were the first public confirmation by the White House that Mr. Trump was aware of the allegations against Mr. Flynn before they were reported last week. They also contradicted the previous description of the national security adviser’s abrupt departure on Monday night, attributing the decision to Mr. Trump rather than Mr. Flynn.
The issue traced back to a telephone call between Mr. Flynn, then Mr. Trump’s designated national security adviser, and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, in December. Mr. Flynn later told Mike Pence, then the vice president-elect, and others on the incoming White House team that the conversation did not include any discussion of sanctions being imposed on Russia by the departing president, Barack Obama, over interference in American elections.
Mr. Pence and Mr. Spicer passed along this account to the public. But the telephone conversation was intercepted by the American intelligence apparatus that typically monitors Russian diplomats, and a transcript reviewed by the Justice Department showed that sanctions did, in fact, come up.
In his resignation letter, Mr. Flynn did not acknowledge intentionally lying but said, “I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information about my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.”
It was concluded that nothing in the conversation violated federal law, but the president still felt that he couldn’t trust Flynn, hence the reason he asked for his resignation.
Truthfully, it seems as though the president made a good decision here. It’s critical to be able to trust advisers explicitly, and if one gives a reason to question their judgment, it’s time for that individual to go, even if nothing illegal was done.
Running a country is hard work, and there are bound to be situations like this that pop up during an administration. It’s critical President Trump do all in his power to maintain a sense of propriety.
Let’s hope Flynn’s replacement is someone who can be fully trusted by the president.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]