President Donald Trump, Thursday, lauded a longtime public servant who he recently dismissed.
No, not FBI Director James Comey. Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn.
In an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt Thursday, the President continues to say nice things about his former National Security Advisor.
And Trump continued to stand by the decision not to fire Flynn immediately after then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
“This man has served for many years. He’s a general,” Trump said. “He’s, in my opinion, a very good person. I believe that it would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don’t even know and immediately run out and fire a general.”
Quickly, Trump pivoted to Obama — whom he assigned some blame in the Flynn affair as Obama allowed Flynn to receive the highest security clearance through the entirety of his administration. (Although the vetting for National Security Advisor is far more rigorous.)
“He had clearance from the Obama administration, the highest clearance you can have,” Trump said. “And I think it’s a very unfair thing the media doesn’t talk about.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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