President Trump said Thursday he asked for former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s resignation because it was “unacceptable” that the ousted White House national security adviser misled his second in command.
“He is a man who, there was a certain amount of information given to Vice President Mike Pence … and I was unhappy with the way that information was given,” Trump told reporters.
Shortly after he spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Flynn told Pence he did not discuss Obama-era sanctions on Moscow during his correspondence with the Kremlin official. Justice Department officials later warned Trump that transcripts of the call revealed otherwise, at which point Flynn said he couldn’t remember whether sanctions were discussed.
“He didn’t tell the vice president … the facts. And then he didn’t remember and that just wasn’t acceptable to me,” Trump said.
Flynn resigned in scandal on Monday, hours before it was revealed that Trump was told on Jan. 26 that his national security adviser may have misled Pence.