MNA Editorial Desk: The White House announced on Monday that Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with Moscow, reported news agency.
In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump’s inauguration: ‘I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.’
Trump has named retired lieutenant general Joseph Kellogg, who was serving as a director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as acting national security advisor, the White House said.
Several US media outlets in Monday reported that top Trump advisors were warned about Flynn’s contacts with the Russians early this year.
Questions will now be raised about who knew about the calls and why Trump did not move earlier to replace Flynn.
Ahead of Flynn’s resignation White House spokesman Sean Spicer insisted Trump was not consulted about Flynn discussing sanctions, nor did he task his top national security aide to do so.