White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press briefing Tuesday afternoon following the resignation of retired Gen. Michael Flynn.
Spicer led in by addressing the resignation of Gen. Flynn late Monday evening as President Trump’s national security adviser. He claimed they had been closely monitoring the events surrounding Flynn over the course of several weeks.
Ultimately, it came down to “an issue of an evolving and eroding level of trust” between the president and Flynn “over a series of questionable instances,” which resulted in Trump requesting for Flynn’s resignation.
The resignation comes after reports surfaced that the Justice Department had alerted the White House several weeks back to contradictions between Trump officials’ public accounting of Russia contacts and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on routine recordings of communications with foreign officials who are in the U.S., reports PBS News.
Spicer cited that the president was “concerned that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others,” or that Flynn had “forgotten critical details of an important conversation.” He added that Trump was also very concerned in light of sensitive subjects dealt with by the position of national security advisors, like China, North Korea, and the Middle East.”
It boils down to the fact that Trump must have “complete and unwavering trust for the person in that position.”
Immediately following his resignation, the White House counsel met with Trump to review the situation and determined that there was a trust issue rather than a legal issue. Spicer also stated that Trump felt Flynn had not done anything wrong and that “the White House review corroborated that.”
Spicer concluded that Trump is currently reviewing a group of candidates who are being considered for the national security adviser position.
Watch a portion of Sean Spicer’s press briefing below:
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