White House: Trump Forced National Security Adviser Resignation

President Donald Trump passes Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as he arrives via Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.
President Donald Trump passes Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as he arrives via Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

U.S. President Donald Trump asked for and got the resignation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because of an “eroding level of trust” in him and his explanations about his contacts with Russia, the White House said Tuesday.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, “The president concluded he no longer had trust in his national security adviser.”

Flynn, a retired Army general, was ousted Monday night just three weeks into his tenure as one of Trump’s top strategic advisers, a virtually unheard of quick departure for a top official at the start of an American presidency.

Spicer said Trump was pleased that Flynn had talked with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and concluded there was nothing legally wrong with their discussions, even though Flynn was a private citizen, not a government official, at the time.

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