A month ago, prior to beginning his role as National Security Adviser, Mr. Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Trump was apparently annoyed by media reports on Flynn's conversations with Russia's ambassador to the USA while he was still a private citizen. It was strictly coincidental that they had a conversation.
"To be honest, I inherited a mess - at home and overseas - a mess", the president, who has served for less than a month, said, adding that "ISIS has spread like cancer". I haven't made a phone call to Russian Federation in years, I don't speak to people in Russian Federation - not that I wouldn't, I just have nobody to speak to ... "Tomorrow, they will say: 'Donald Trump rants and raves at the press, '" he said.
Mr Trump said he inherited a "mess" from the Obama administration, and he couldn't be more proud of his team of "wonderful people" who are "working very hard". On Monday night, Trump accepted Flynn's resignation and appointed retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg to be the acting national security adviser. "I want to know what the facts are, I don't want to operate without knowing the facts of the situation".
"I watch CNN, it's so much anger and hatred and just the hatred". "Russia is fake news".
The FBI interviewers believed Flynn was cooperative and provided truthful answers.
Claims published by the Washington Post earlier suggested Flynn had discussed the USA anti-Russian sanctions with Kislyak. The reality is that the resignation of the ephemeral Flynn is not enough to contain the scandal.
The White House's National Security Advisor has been fired after just 24 days on the job. Asked to confirm that "the sanctions that Flynn was discussing were the sanctions for the election hacking", Spicer replied, "Right".
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You might forgive Trump if he wasn't aware of the New York Times report. The reporter corrected Mr Trump in real time, noting Mr Barack Obama's and Mr George W Bush's tallies were higher than his.
He said the story should not be when, how or what his inner circle was communicating with Russian representatives but the leaks of classified information by the US intelligence community to the news media. By focusing on the lying instead, he is downplaying Flynn's apparent collusion with Russian Federation just as evidence is increasing of ties between Russian Federation and the Trump administration.
The conversations were held weeks before Trump was inaugurated and were about American sanctions against Russian Federation.
"Well, I don't know, I was given that information. Actually, I've seen that information around". "What report is that?" Various stories in the Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN have cited unnamed intelligence and other sources. "I'll look at that". How do we know? A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted February 10 to 14 gave Trump a 46 per cent approval rating.
The President said that he "was doing his job". He hadn't seen that at the time.
He also said he did not think that Russian President Vladimir Putin was taking actions that would test him early in his term in office.
Now, Trump may or may not have read the Post story.
The President told reporters that his administration is now looking into the "criminal leaks".