Trump blames media for Flynn's resignation, hits out at leaks

In recent days Flynn has acknowledged he might have discussed sanctions but could not remember with 100 percent certainty, which officials said had upset Pence.

General Michael Flynn resigned on Monday night from his role as the Trump administration's National Security Advisor following a massive media campaign accusing him of contacting Russia's ambassador to the USA, and misleading the White House about his conversations. Flynn has since told the White House that sanctions may have come up.

Even though the White House has made it clear that Trump asked for Flynn's resignation, Trump said that Flynn "has been treated very, very unfairly by the media... as I call it the 'fake media.'" He called Flynn a "wonderful man".

News organizations are obtaining information that indicates supporters and aides of President Donald Trump had inappropriate contact with Russian officials, including intelligence officials, during the campaign or before Trump took office.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump was trying to distract from the issue at hand by talking about leaks.

Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's one-time campaign manager, has denied speaking to Russian intelligence.

It's hard to overstate the significance of this detail, which risks doing real harm to Donald Trump's White House.

In her statement, Pelosi also demanded an FBI investigation into the wider 'financial, political and personal ties between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation'. He helped wrangle delegates for Trump ahead of the Republican National Convention in July, and spoke to the Republican delegates from CT at a breakfast that week.

"There's only one or two times like this in your political career where you face a moment like this where what's good for your country may not be good for your party."

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said investigations into Russian interference during the presidential election would be carried out by existing congressional committees.

An early supporter of Mr Trump, he has been a leading advocate to improve United States relations with Russian Federation. He later conceded that the topic may have come up. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter during the campaign, but he is viewed skeptically by some in the administration's national security circles, in part because of his ties to Russian Federation.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, said Mr Trump's opponents were "using Flynn's resignation for a new wave of hysteria about Russia".

Mr Pence's spokesman Marc Lotter said Mr Pence became aware that he had received "incomplete information" from Mr Flynn only after the first Washington Post report last Thursday night.

The US Justice Department had warned the Trump administration last month that Mr Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian Federation.

Flynn reportedly apologized to Pence over the phone and in person. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, spoke only on condition of anonymity.

But US intelligence officials revealed this week that their discussions did in fact take place, and that recordings and transcripts were offered to the president as proof.

  • Larry Hoffman