By: Gabriela Morales
“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,” former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn wrote in his resignation letter on Feb. 14, 2017.
Mr. Flynn’s resignation letter comes 21 days after being sworn in as National Security Advisor on Jan. 20, 2017- making him one of the shortest-serving senior presidential advisors in modern history.
Mr. Flynn admitted to not being truthful to, at that time, Vice President-elect Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, where he discussed U.S. sanctions. There have been reports from the Justice department in the last month informing President Trump’s administration about Mr. Flynn’s communications with Russia and that Mr. Flynn could be blackmailed by the Russians.
So, why did it take Mr. Flynn a month to finally send his resignation letter to President Trump?
Mr. Flynn told White House officials that when he was speaking with VP Mike Pence at the time, Mr. Flynn “couldn’t remember what he said to the Russians”.
As National Security Advisor, it is imperative that one remembers conversations between other foreign countries, especially if the National Security Advisor was discussing private U.S. information.
Many Republicans defend Mr. Flynn by saying that his conversations with the Russians was before President Trump and VP Mike Pence were sworn in. But before becoming National Security Advisor, Mr. Flynn was Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama before he was fired in August 2014.
Though Mr. Flynn no longer worked for President Obama, he should have informed President Obama about his conversations and not VP Mike Pence because President Obama was commander in chief when Mr. Flynn was speaking with the Russians.
President Trump’s administration has been questioned repeatedly during its first three weeks in office, so Mike Flynn’s resignation is another concern the American people have about the capability of President Trump. To overcome this scrutiny, President Trump needs to appoint a new National Security Advisor as soon as possible; someone that does not come with baggage.