Trump Takes on All Comers in Press Conference

Michael Flynn

The crisis over the relationship between United States President Donald Trump's aides and Russian Federation deepened yesterday as a growing number of Mr Trump's fellow Republicans demanded expanded congressional inquiries into the matter.

The White House late Monday said Trump had accepted Flynn's resignation amid allegations the retired three star general discussed us sanctions strategy with Russia's ambassador Sergey Kislyak before taking office.

US intelligence agencies and the FBI are conducting multiple investigations to determine the full extent of contacts that President Donald Trump's advisers and associates had with Russian Federation during and after the 2016 campaign, according to four national security officials with knowledge of the matter. Flynn bowed out after days of mixed messages from the White House and almost one month after former acting attorney general Sally Yates expressed concern about the nature of his communications, according to the Washington Post.

Pence had gone on television to defend Flynn, saying Flynn had not discussed USA sanctions in his calls with ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

John McCain thanked Gen. Flynn for his "many years of distinguished service to our country", but called the resignation "a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus". "He continues to raise the issue of Crimea, which the previous administration had allowed to be seized by Russia", Spicer said. It invites bigger questions, about both the nature of the Trump administration's ties with Russian Federation and the way the new president runs his administration.

"It wasn't about sanctions". He called on the president to find a replacement who is "embowered by clear lines of authority and responsibility and possesses the skills and experience necessary to organize the national security system across our government". But his departure does not end the controversy, and leaves many unanswered questions about the nascent Trump administration.

But on Wednesday, the president said that Flynn had "been treated very, very unfairly by the media", undercut by "documents and papers that were illegally I'd stress that, illegally leaked". A New York Times article published Tuesday cites unnamed USA intelligence officials saying Manafort and other Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officers in the lead-up to Election Day.


He directed other tweets focusing on whether it was the Obama administration that was "too soft" on Russian Federation and calling it "un-American" to leak classified information.

"Any suggestion that the US intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true", the office said in a statement Wednesday night.

But White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted there were no legal problem with Flynn's conversations, but rather the way the matter was handled undermined Trump's and Pence's trust in him as an adviser. "Let's take it away from Congress and [the] White House".

Flynn's ties to Moscow add to Trump's troubling embrace of Russian Federation and Putin.

Texas Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranked Senate Republican leader, echoed calls for an investigation into Mr Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.

When the interactions were reported - United States intelligence routinely monitors all foreign embassies' communications including and specially the Russian (and the Indian missions) as do all host countries - Flynn claimed that, one, he spoke only once to the ambassador and, two, sanctions were not discussed.

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