Trump was told weeks ago that Michael Flynn withheld truth on Russia – so why the long wait for his resignation?

President Trump during a meeting with parents and teachers in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday [Image: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times].

President Trump was informed more than two weeks ago that his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had not told the truth about his interactions with Russia’s ambassador, and the president eventually asked for Mr. Flynn’s resignation after concluding he could not be trusted, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said the president’s team had been “reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks trying to ascertain the truth.” While Mr. Trump and his advisers ultimately concluded that there was no violation of law, the president decided Mr. Flynn could no longer serve in his position.

“The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn’s resignation,” Mr. Spicer said at his daily briefing. He did not elaborate on the “other questionable instances.”

Source: Trump Was Told Weeks Ago That Michael Flynn Withheld Truth on Russia – The New York Times

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6 thoughts on “Trump was told weeks ago that Michael Flynn withheld truth on Russia – so why the long wait for his resignation?

  1. Martin

    As an inveterate liar and swindler himself I reckon Trump would more likely approve of Flynn’s behaviour than disapprove of it unless public exposure made it politic for him to appear different. Trump is a dishonest and delusional character. Birds of a feather and all that.

  2. NMac

    I expect Trump was too busy preening himself and trying to look important to worry about what others were doing.

  3. Neilth

    The so called president (he seems to like this form of address, he uses it so often) on past form believes that lying is a fundamental qualification for political office, it’s getting caught and not being able to bluster your way through it that is the sin – allegedly.

    1. Paul

      If Trump hadn’t spent $25 million to settle a law suit in respect to reimbursing men and women ripped off at Trump University he would be about to go on trial himself for fraud. Settling out of court allowed him to move into the White House.

  4. Liam

    Is it such a big story??
    Trump probably did know from the beginning. And maybe Flynn didn’t tell the vice president
    But is it wrong to have pre emptive talks with an ambassador of a country, that’s a major player in world affairs?
    What politicians are there, that always disclose what they are doing. Not many..
    Unfortunately due to anti Russian hysteria in the US Intelligence establishment, Trump was forced to kick Flynn out when he should have stood by him.

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