National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns over contacts with Russia
Just three weeks into the Trump administration, Michael Flynn has resigned as national security adviser. According to CNN, retired Gen. David Petraeus will be “coming in” Tuesday to discuss the position.
Flynn’s departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
Retired Gen. Keith Kellogg, a national-security official with the Trump transition team, is acting as national security adviser for now and is a candidate for the permanent post, CNN reported.
Because the sudden exit marks a public display of disarray at the highest of the new administration, the democrats most likely smell blood in the water, and believe that they have their first “casualty.” The Flynn situation has faced repeated questions over a slew of controversies and reports of infighting among senior aides during its first three weeks.
The shakeup now leaves Trump without one of his closest and longest-serving advisers. Flynn had counseled Trump on foreign policy and national security matters since early in the 2016 presidential race.
The controversy intensified after the report put Pence and several senior White House advisers in an uncomfortable position, as they had denied in TV interviews weeks earlier that Flynn discussed sanctions with the ambassador. Some administration officials said Flynn must have misled Pence and others.
“The knives are out,” a White House official told CNN on Friday, noting that “there’s a lot of unhappiness about this.”
Flynn was as loyal as they come, it’s definitely a shame that this worked out the way it did. Is David Patraeus next in line? There are certainly Hillary-esque questions about Patraeus as well, however he is over qualified for the position. There have also been reports regarding Trump “going around asking people what they think of Reince Priebus.”Is he the next to go?