Trump fully briefed on Flynn's calls with Russian ambassador, source says
Feb 19 2017 by Harriet Stone
After resigning this week as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, accused of misleading administration officials about his discussions with a Russian ambassador, a new report suggests Flynn's transgression may have crossed legal boundaries in addition to professional ones. Very simple. Mike [Flynn] was doing his job.
"[Flynn] was calling other countries and his counterparts", said Trump.
"I inherited a mess in United States and overseas", Trump said adding, however, "this administration is running like a fine-tune machine in spite that I can't get my cabinet approved. I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him because that's his job", Trump said.
A former official in the Justice Department was warning the White House in January about Flynn's conversations, saying he had not been completely honest about the conversations.
Trump did deny that he personally had contact with Russian Federation during the campaign, but refused to say whether the same was true of his top advisers.
A federal appeals court rejected the measure and Trump said his administration would be appealing the ruling. I don't know. But they don't believe you. It's so important." He reiterated, "Russia is a ruse.
Ernst, a retired Army officer and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who a year ago was discussed as a potential vice president to Trump, repeated several times during the call that "Russia is not our friend" and questioned whether the White House shared that view.
Mr Trump had previously said he was unaware of the reports about Mr Flynn.
The Chronicle has published several stories on the Russian controversy. He did not say if he had ordered any investigation into leaks. He called those leaks "criminal". Flynn's defenders suspected the full transcripts were not leaked because they would prove he did nothing illegal. Complicating matters is the president's seeming fondness - which he has expressed a few times - for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Can we also take a minute to talk about how "I think you'll see it stopping because now we have our people in"? "@foxandfriends is great!" Trump tweeted. He said he has had two phone calls with Putin since being elected.
Asked about his advisers having contact with Russian Federation during his presidential election campaign, Trump said in comments carried by The Hill: "You can talk all you want about Russian Federation, which is all a fake news, [a] fabricated deal". She says the Russians have used this type of aggression elsewhere with Russian planes flying near US ships.
"It was an unprecedented development" for a national security adviser to be forced out just 25 days into Trump's presidency, Nora Bensahel, an expert at the School of International Service of the Washington-based American University, told a telephone briefing on Tuesday. I was not happy with the way that that information was given.