President Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Michael Flynn
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 8, 2017
Former President Barack Obama personally warned President Donald Trump against hiring Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser during their November meeting in the Oval Office, according to an NBC report.
Flynn served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama, but was fired in 2014 over concerns on his temperament. He then went on to become a vocal supporter of Trump, and active member of his presidential campaign.
Following Trump’s election, Flynn was selected as National Security Adviser, but was fired three weeks later after misleading the White House about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
According to three former White House officials, Obama warned Trump that Flynn should not be given a position in the new administration during their 90 minute sit-down in the Oval Office two days after Trump’s electoral victory.
The news comes the day former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to testify before the Senate over her warnings to the White House that Flynn’s statements over his communications with Kislyak were misleading.
The new revelations would undermine Trump’s attempts to blame the previous administration for not properly vetting Flynn, an argument he repeated in a tweet Monday morning:
General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
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