Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser of President Donald Trump has resigned from his position after news broke out regarding his attempts to mislead the Vice President of the United States and other top officials from the White House about a phone conversation he held with the Russian ambassador to the US. In a statement, Mr. Flynn admitted that he gave incomplete information to Vice President Mike Pence and others about a phone call where he talked with the ambassador about the sanctions against Russia. The call took place in December before Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The national security adviser confirmed in several occasions that he didn’t have any detailed conversation with Mr. Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States. The Vice President backed his statement in multiple interviews. However, White House received alarming news form the Justice Department as it confirmed that Mr. Flynn didn’t give a complete statement about the phone conversation and also added that the Russians may take advantage of the situation to blackmail him.
Reporters received e-mail from the White House that forwarded his resignation letter where Mr. Flynn admitted to have several meetings over phone with foreign delegates during the transition. He also added that the information he presented to vice president Mike Pence was inadequate. Mr. Flynn also added that he sincerely apologized to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for his actions and they accepted his apology.
The White House has confirmed the appointment of retired Lt. General Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. to replace Flynn as the acting national security adviser. Mr. Kellogg served the US army honorably during the Vietnam War. Mr. Flynn was one of the ardent supporters of Donald Trump during his run for the Presidency. His resignation added more flavor to the already chaotic environment that the White House is experiencing over the last few weeks since Donald Trump took office as the President of the United States.