White House Says It Has New Ways To Revive Travel Ban
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 2:37
Communicating a consistent message is also challenge, even when it comes to something as sensitive as the fate of national security adviser Michael Flynn. The Post story stated a representative of Flynn as backing away from his previous statements, saying though Flynn "had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up".
If the Seattle lawsuit goes to trial, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said yesterday that he will depose Trump administration officials to uncover "what truly motivated" the president's executive order.
Now, the truthfulness of Flynn's account is another matter.
Trump, who returned to the White House from Florida on Sunday, tweeted out another defense of his order, citing the seven Muslim countries that would be affected by the order. Whilst other White House sources claimed that "the knives are out" for the retired general.
"The president and his national security advisor have given the Russians the impression that whatever they do, they are not to worry, because the Trump White House will not stand against their aggression".
At issue is Flynn's changing account of his discussions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, weeks before Trump took office and as the Obama administration was about to retaliate for Moscow's meddling in the United States elections with additional sanctions.
While the White House had acknowledged that Flynn spoke with Kislyak before Trump's inauguration, Pence said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on January 15 that Flynn didn't discuss the Obama administration's sanctions, which include those imposed after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and for Russia's alleged hacking of Democratic Party officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said that however President Trump decides to rectify the controversy surrounding National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, he will lose in the court of public opinion.
White House adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday during multiple interviews that the Trump administration is considering a range of actions to push through the president's travel ban of seven majority Muslim countries.
All of those officials said Flynn's references to the election-related sanctions were explicit. Other than that, I will not reveal what the vice president thinks or feels about anything, ' Conway said.
Mr Trump has yet to weigh in on the subject, promising last Friday that he would look into it.
"Stephen, the three judges say you're flat wrong", "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace told Miller.
The ban caused chaos at U.S. airports and sparked protests across the country.
Journalists on Twitter were upset that President Trump called on "friendly" news outlets during Monday's press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.