Trump’s national security adviser resigns

US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office.

Mr Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia’s ambassador before his own appointment.

It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy.

US reports said earlier the White House had been warned about the contacts last month and had been told Mr Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

The national security adviser is appointed by the president to serve as his or her chief adviser on international affairs and defence.

In his letter of resignation, Mr Flynn said he had “inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador” late last year.

The White House has appointed Lt Gen Joseph Keith Kellogg as his interim replacement.

Mr Flynn, a retired army lieutenant-general, initially denied having discussed sanctions with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, and Vice-President Mike Pence publicly denied the allegations on his behalf.

But he came under further pressure on Monday when details of his phone call emerged in US media as well as reports the justice department had warned the White House about him misleading senior officials and being vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

According to the Washington Post, the message was delivered by then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was subsequently dismissed by President Trump for opposing his controversial travel ban.

The UK Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, said it was always best to be wary in dealing with Russia.

6 Responses to Trump’s national security adviser resigns

  1. Richard Johnston February 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

    He had “inadvertently” lied to the vice-president and therefore to the president. That’s rich.
    Now the question arises whether he was acting under instructions from the president-elect, which would also have been illegal.

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  2. Gearbox1964 February 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    American politics has become a damn circus with many clowns. Chief Clown is “Agent Orange”. LOL

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  3. Tony Webster February 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Any chance dem Big Guys in Moscow, Beijing, or Pyonyang, might flake-out from hysterical, uncontrollable laughter?
    Hmmm….somehow, sitting here on the blessed little rock, it ain’t funny at all …and I am not even the littlest bit “American”! Our Amurican friends must be reelin’ from the same feelin’ as dem Brits who hit the exit button: “What the heck have we done” syndrome.

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  4. Alex Alleyne February 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    FIRST CASUALITY.

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  5. Sarifa Patel February 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Flynn was Trump scapegoat who got burnt after he had done what Trump wanted. It will be interesting to find out what the russians have over Trump that he is so adamant at promoting Putin. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Sanders that Trump is a pathological liar and it stands to reason that those who are following are lying on his behalf. Dem republicans had better do what he says or they are out the door too. I hope that the following are going to be booted out. Kelly Ann Conway, Stephen Miller, Banning should go first. What say ye. American politics is in shambles and aint going get any better.

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  6. Sarifa Patel February 14, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    During campaign Flynn reportedly talked about locking up Hilary Clinton for her use of private emails in supposedly exposing classified info. She never lied but he has lied repeatedly. Fortunately he has learned that when you judge you will be judged more harshly. Take the beam out of your eye before trying to take someone. He will probably be jailed when investigation is over.

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