National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been the subject of the largest firestorm of late inside the Trump administration over his contacts with the Russian ambassador immediately after the Obama administration leveled fresh sanctions against Russia.
According to a senior administration official speaking to CNN, Flynn has no plans to resign from his post, nor does he have any expectation that he will be fired.
The official, however, appeared less optimistic about Flynn’s future in the administration. “The knives are out,” the official sad. “There’s a lot of unhappiness about this.”
Trump, who has demonstrate a great aversion to aides generating negative press, has expressed displeasure with Flynn to some aides in recent days, according to the source. The focus of the displeasure seems to be more with the potential that Flynn lied or misrepresented his conversations with the Russian ambassador to Vice President Mike Pence.
The National Security Adviser appears to have given sufficiently strong assurances to Pence for the Vice President to feel secure enough to appears on Sunday news shows and emphatically and categorically deny that any discussion of the U.S. sanctions had taken place.
“They did not discuss anything having to do with the Unites States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia,” Pence said to CBS News.
According to another White House official, Flynn had no fewer than two conversations with Pence on Friday. The official declined to reveal any details about the conversation including whether they related to the controversy.
While the relationship between the retired general and Pence is definitely on the chilly side, he reportedly did work directly with Trump over the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, according to the source, who refused to say whether the President and Flynn have had any discussions regarding the ongoing issue.
Additionally, Stephen Miller, the White House Policy Director, was asked about the future of the National Security Adviser on a number of Sunday news shows. Miller completely avoided the question by saying that he was not the appropriate official to respond to it, which itself was hardly encouraging from Flynn’s standpoint.
“I don’t have any answers today,” Miller said in response to questions about whether the retired general had misled the Vice President. “I don’t have any information one way or another to add anything to the conversation.”