Is Michael Flynn’s Role As National Security Advisor In Jeopardy?
Over the weekend, reports emerged that Michael Flynn’s future in the Trump administration may be on thin ice after allegations surfaced that he may have violated White House rules before President Trump took office.
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Flynn, the former U.S. Army Lieutenant General who currently serves as national security advisor to Donald Trump, has reportedly been on thin ice since reports surfaced that the retired three-star General was involved in talks with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak before President Trump took office about the sanctions the Obama Administration placed on Russia in December. Since Flynn was not yet sworn into the position, it would be a violation of the rule forbidding private citizens from meddling in foreign policy. Top White House officials have been reviewing whether or not those discussions involved lifting sanctions when Trump took office.
Flynn initially denied the allegations, but during an interview by the Washington Post conducted with White House officials last week, officials said Flynn could not say with one hundred percent certainty if he had discussed sanctions with the ambassador.
Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence has commented on the issue of Flynn’s future in the Trump administration. Anonymous sources within the White House told the Washington Post that the administration is very displeased with Flynn for possibly misleading them.
“The knives are out for Flynn,” said one administration official.
“Flynn is running out of friends, no question,” a different administration official told the publication. “The broad consensus in the White House is that he lied. The vice president feels like he lied. In a position that needs to be no drama, it’s nonstop drama. I would be very surprised if he lasts much longer.”
On Sunday’s Meet The Press, Trump’s senior policy refused to answer questions from NBC’s Chuck Todd about whether or not the fate of Flynn’s job was at risk.
“It’s not for me to tell you what’s in the president’s mind,” Miller said.