The Trump administration has mustered up several different excuses for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation. However, it seems they’ve begun to backpedal in light of recent news.
Unsurprisingly, in mid-February, U.S. President Donald Trump shifted blame for Flynn’s resignation onto the media and leaks in the U.S. intelligence community.
At a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on February 15th, the President stated,
“[Michael Flynn] been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. I think it’s really a sad thing that he’s been treated so badly.”
While Trump regularly cited WikiLeaks’ publication of several Democratic Party e-mails that were obtained through hacking during his presidential campaign, he has been a vocal opponent of leaks since taking office. In discussing Flynn’s resignation, Trump focused on the fact that the material was obtained “illegally, I stress that, illegally leaked.”
However, in light of recent revelations about the former National Security Adviser which has shown that Flynn was working as a foreign agent for Turkey during the campaign, the Trump administration has taken a decidedly different tone. In a clear effort to get ahead of the situation, they seem to be doing the best that they can to change their story about Flynn’s resignation.
In an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier on Thursday evening, Vice President Mike Pence told the Fox host that the recent news about Flynn Pence “is an affirmation of the President’s decision to ask General Flynn to resign.” In essence, the Vice President is now praising the President for asking for Flynn’s resignation.
The White House also said on Thursday that President Trump was “not aware” that Flynn had been working as a foreign agent for the Turkish government when he had hired him. However, that displays gross negligence on the part of the Trump administration because it shows, as New York Magazine explains, that they failed to perform a simple background check or even Google Flynn.
While that may be the Trump White House’s official line, the American public shouldn’t buy it.
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