Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

President Trump defends 'wonderful' Flynn who was 'treated unfairly'

Mr Flynn has apologised to Mr Pence and others over the incident, the first official said.

On Monday night, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned after just 23 days in office. Flynn has since told the White House that sanctions may have come up. "The American people deserve the full story, including when the White House became aware of General Flynn's communications and whether anyone directed him to discuss our sanctions policy with Russian officials".

Flynn's resignation came amid rampant reports that he lied about improperly discussing USA sanctions on Russia by the Obama administration with the Russian ambassador to the United States in December, weeks before Trump's inauguration. None, until Flynn, has held the position for less than a month. But the president did not receive a question about Flynn's future from a pair of reporters, and he ignored journalists' shouted follow-up inquiries as he left the room.

General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and attempted interference in American elections.

Manafort denied having talked to Russians known to USA intelligence.

"I don't think [Flynn] knew he was doing anything wrong", the official said. "And if he has violated any law or ethical precept, he ought to be fired", Schumer said. "People are trying to cover up for a bad loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton, " he said.

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The controversy surrounding Flynn comes as the young administration grapples with a series of national security challenges, including North Korea's reported ballistic missile launch. Still he seems to have the confidence of the President, who has the only vote that counts.

-It's been a turbulent week for US-Russian relations, with allegations about improper contact with Russia seemingly coming from all corners of the United States.

Trump reminded the world that Russian President Vladimir Putin's unchecked aggression began during the Obama administration. He has frequently raised eyebrows among Washington's foreign policy establishment for trying to persuade Trump to warm up USA relations with Russian Federation.

A second administration official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, stressed that Mr Pence made his comments based on a conversation with Mr Flynn. Flynn has been replaced by Army Lt. Gen (ret.) Keith Kellogg, who will fill the spot in the interim until the president appoints a successor.

The signatories to the letter include, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, ranking members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Armed Service, Homeland Security, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs, respectively. "He's going to talk to the vice president and various other people".

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