Spicer Confirms Obama ‘Wasn’t a Fan’ of Flynn, Says Trump ‘Took Appropriate Action’
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer began his briefing Monday by confirming an NBC News report from earlier in the day which asserted that former President Barack Obama personally warned President Donald Trump against hiring Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.
“He made it clear he wasn’t a fan,” Spicer said, in response to a question from NBC’s Kristen Welker. “And I don’t think that should have come as a surprise considering the role that General Flynn played in the campaign.”
But Spicer defended the administration’s actions from the selection of Flynn for the cabinet post through his resignation on Feb. 13.
“I think the President took appropriate action when he did,” Spicer said. “Once he felt as though General Flynn misled the Vice President, he took action and he stands by that today.”
Further, Spicer questioned why President Obama didn’t suspend Flynn’s security clearance.
“The question that you have to ask yourself really is if President Obama was truly concerned about General Flynn, why didn’t he suspend General Flynn’s security clearance which they had just re-approved months earlier? Additionally, why did the Obama administration let Flynn go to Russia for a paid speaking engagement and receive a fee? There were steps they could have taken if that was truly a concern more than just a person that had bad blood.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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