Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Ret. General Michael Flynn offered his resignation to President Trump late last evening.
Mr. Flynn explained the reason for his resignation in a letter released by the White House.
He explained, “I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador.”
Mr. Flynn went on to apologize to the President and Vice President.
“I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”
Mr. Flynn also praised President Trump and his foreign policy.
“I am also extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America’s leadership position in the world…I wish to thank President Trump for his personal loyalty, the friendship of those who I worked with throughout the hard fought campaign, the challenging period of transition, and during the early days of his presidency.”
Finally he concluded, “I know the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history, and I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.”
General Flynn has been accused of putting himself in a compromising situation and not fully detailing his communications with the Russian ambassador by the Justice Department led by now-fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
Many of the reports cite unnamed U.S. officials claiming that Flynn did speak with the Russian Ambassador about sanctions against Russia. Reuters quotes one official saying Flynn communicated to the Russian Ambassador that sanctions “would not necessarily carry over to an administration seeking to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia.”
However, the Kremlin has denied discussing sanctions with Flynn. John Schneider has also penned an article in The Observer detailing how senior intelligence community officials are actively working against the Trump administration.
Schneider even claims that the intelligence community is “beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust.” He elaborates, “in the last three weeks, however, NSA has ceased [preparing special reports for the president’s eyes only], fearing Trump and his staff cannot keep their best SIGINT secrets.
Schneider also believes the intelligence community is not happy with Trump ignoring the President’s Daily Brief.
It definitely appears there is a storm brewing between the new administration and the entrenched intelligence community that led us into over a decade of conflict in Iraq with faulty intelligence on WMDs. This resulted in massive expenses, the loss of too many American soldiers, and more recently the immigration crisis.
President Trump has named General Kellogg to replace Flynn as acting National Security Advisor.