Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russian Federation contacts

Vice Admiral Robert Harward, who was deputy commander of U.S. Central Command under Mattis, will likely replace Flynn, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the White House scrambled to contain the fallout from the abrupt departure of one of the president's top advisers.

Russian officials were also visibly ruffled by White House spokesman Sean Spicer's claim on Tuesday that Mr Trump expects Moscow to "return Crimea". That is why Flynn's resignation was unavoidable. Less than an hour later, Spicer issued a statement saying that Trump was "evaluating the situation". 'The president is loyal.

Flynn wasn't the only Russian Federation proponent in the administration. He knew he had become a lightning rod and he made that decision'. Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. "For all of us, finding out if there's a problem or not and sooner rather than later is the right thing to do", he said on KTRS radio. "Actually I've seen that information around". She's in none of the meetings and she just goes out without talking without having the facts'.

Flynn stepped down after leaks surfaced earlier this week of him discussing USA sanctions against Russia during a phone conversation with Russian ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak.

In his resignation letter Flynn wrote: " I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

"We in Congress need to know who authorized his actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks", their joint statement said. "I don't know what's in those conversations".

Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said that Russia had "decided too soon, for all our unconditional sympathy to President Trump's constructive rhetoric, that he's pro-Russian in some way - he's pro-American".

"The leaks are real", Trump said.

'It wasn't three hours earlier. "He said awful things about her, but it wasn't classified information".

Recently ousted acting attorney general Sally Yates warned the White House that Gen. Mike Flynn was susceptible to blackmail for lying about the contents of a phone call with the Russian ambassador.

Leading congressional Republicans have joined calls by Democrats for a deeper look at contacts between President Donald Trump's team and Russian intelligence agents Wednesday, indicating a growing sense of political peril within the party as new reports surfaced of extensive contacts between the two.

'Well, that's - that's one characterization, ' Conway said. The Kremlin has denied that any talks between Flynn and Russia's ambassador to the USA took place.

"Russia is a ruse". 'Which is that he's accepted General Flynn's resignation and he wishes him well and that we're moving on'.

Trump, a wealthy businessman, had never previously held public office and his early weeks in the White House have been marked by missteps and controversies, in particular his travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

'There is zero chance we are going to move on, ' he said.

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