White House National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn has resigned after a ton of controversy having to do with his communications with Russia prior to President Trump taking office.
Gen. Flynn apologized to the administration in his official statement:
Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.
Read the statement in its entirety here.
The situation escalated Monday as claims circulated that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about what was discussed with the Russian ambassador in December. During the call Flynn supposedly discussed sanctions relief, which was something he originally denied ever discussing and then later stated he couldn’t exactly recall. He gave incorrect information to the Vice President who ended up going on numerous television shows spreading the misstatement back in January.
Early Monday members of the media were informed by White House Special Counselor Kellyanne Conway that President Trump had full confidence in Michael Flynn. Almost less than an hour later, Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that the President was “evaluating the situation.” Flynn ended up resigning hours later.
Trump has named Retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as current Acting National Security Advisor. Kellogg was previously Flynn’s chief of staff. KT McFarland will continue on as Deputy National Security Advisor.