Sean Spicer contradicts both Trump and Conway on Flynn resignation
White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s performance at Tuesday’s daily press briefing proves that no one in the Trump administration can’t get their story straight regarding what they knew and when regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contact with the Kremlin.
“The president must have complete and unwavering trust for the person in that position,” Spicer said in his prepared statement. “The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for general Flynn’s resignation.”
Spicer: There was “a complete legal review” of what Flynn discussed with Russia and there is “no issue” https://t.co/lfJkbuNyoe
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Kellyanne Conway told a different story to Matt Lauer hours earlier when she said “Flynn had decided it was best to resign.”
“[Flynn] knew he had become a lightning rod,” Conway added, “and he made that decision.”
That’s a complete 180 from Spicer’s official White House statement that President Trump showed Flynn the door.
Speaking of the president, on Friday he told press pool reporters that he was unaware of the Thursday Washington Post report regarding transcripts that prove Flynn lied about the nature of his call with the Russian envoy on the day former President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia. This contradicts Spicer’s claim that the president had been “reviewing and evaluating” whether Flynn was a compromised Russian asset “on a daily basis for a few weeks.”
“We got to a point not based on a legal issue but based on a trust issue,” Spicer continued, “where the level of trust between the president and General Flynn had eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change.”
On Monday, news broke that the Department of Justice warned the White House weeks ago that Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail despite Trump trying to pretend that he had no idea that his former national security adviser was exposed for discussion sanctions with Russia prior to the president taking office.
Spicer injected a laugh line into the presser by insisting that the president has been “incredibly tough” on Russia.
Good one, Spicey. Might be time to take that act on the road.