Trump and Flynn and truth-telling habits

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 17, 2017

As CBS2's Dick Brennan reported, Andrew Puzder has taken his name out of contention for Labor Secretary - it appears that his support among Republicans was eroding.

US intelligence agencies intercepted Flynn's call with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak after Trump's election, in which the two discussed sanctions, the Post reported previously.

I can't say for sure, of course, but it's a distinct possibility: Trump responded to North Korea's ballistic missile launch by holding an impromptu meeting, at an outdoor terrace, surrounded by civilians, while reading sensitive materials by cell-phone light.

But this chronology raises still more questions. "They will be caught!" he tweeted early this morning. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said. Flynn initially denied discussing sanctions at all, but in his resignation Flynn said he "inadvertently" gave Pence "incomplete information" about the conversations. On Monday night, Trump accepted Flynn's resignation and appointed retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg to be the acting national security adviser.

From the White House's perspective, Flynn's conversation with the ambassador remains a relatively small matter requiring "scandal management", said Saikrishna Prakash, an expert on the presidency at the University of Virginia Law School and a senior fellow at its Miller Center.

Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in an interview last month that he had not discussed sanctions against Russian Federation with Moscow's USA ambassador before President Donald Trump took office, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing current and former us officials. In addition, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call last month to collaborate in the fight against Islamic State and to seek ways to restore trade and economic ties.

"From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, it's criminal action, a criminal act", Mr. Trump said.

The New York Times reports that the so-called legacy media are focused on the allegations against Trump while the right-leaning partisan media are asking why this material is being leaked.

"General Flynn is a wonderful man". I think he has been treated very unfairly by the media.

"It's been going on a long time before me", Trump said Wednesday, complaining about unsanctioned disclosures from Washington insiders to the press. His son, also named Michael Flynn, was sacked as a member of Trump's transition team after he shared fake news pushed by right-wing websites. NBC News has not independently confirmed that report, which emphasized that there was no evidence of cooperation between the two sides.

Trump also took a jab at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Flynn's departure marked the return of an issue Trump is not likely to move past quickly. But if elements of America's powerful intelligence agencies are trying to bring down an elected president, then the real story is much bigger.

1996: While wrapping up a series of bankruptcies in New York, Trump talked of building a replica of his Trump Tower in Moscow and traveled there to discuss renovating the Moskva and Rossiya hotels, according to Bloomberg News. But a former senior US official said the firing was for insubordination, after Flynn failed to follow guidance from superiors.

Moscow says an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to become part of Russian Federation in a 2014 referendum wanting protection from what the Kremlin cast as an illegal coup in Kiev.

There is a Russian spy ship patrolling off the east coast.

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