Flynn Resigns while White House Says he was Fired
Following reports that he misled senior White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December before President Trump took office, Michael Flynn resigned Monday night as the president’s national security adviser.
After acknowledging he misled Vice President Mike Pence, Flynn submitted his resignation letter Monday night, stating he had “inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.”
Despite the impression the White House initially gave about Flynn resigning, press secretary Sean Spicer said today that President Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation Monday night due to an “evolving and eroding level of trust" with his national security adviser.
"The president must have complete and unwavering trust for the person in that position," Spicer said. "The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for Gen. Flynn's resignation."
Keith Kellogg, who is also a retired general, will step in as acting national security adviser. David Petraeus, the retired general and former CIA director who pleaded guilty to sharing classified information with his biographer and lover, is reportedly among the candidates for the permanent position, as is Vice Admiral Robert Harward, reports The Atlantic.
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