Trump bashes 'out of control' media in first solo news conference
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 19, 2017,
Feb 19, 2017, 12:26
It is illegal for private citizens to conduct United States diplomacy. Flynn's resignation was sought because he apparently misled Vice President Mike Pence about those discussions. The larger goal, presumably, was to push back against the growing narrative of a White House in chaos after Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
A report from ABC news released this morning cites a senior intelligence official who confirms that "no evidence gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation so far suggests Trump associates knew they were talking to Russian intelligence officers".
"The reason they lost faith or trust in General Flynn only last night when they knew for weeks that he had been lying was that it became public", Mr Schiff told MSNBC.
Almost a month into his presidency, Trump insisted in a free-wheeling White House news conference that his new administration had made "significant progress" and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a rising stock market.
At a hastily arranged press conference, Mr. Trump accused news organizations of ignoring his successes and attempting to undermine him with "fake news", saying that much of the news media was working to protect the special interests and status quo in Washington that he was elected to destroy.
But, Trump said, Flynn had erred by misleading government officials, including Vice President Pence, about his conversations, which is why the president ultimately demanded his resignation.
Texas Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranked Senate Republican leader, echoed calls for an investigation into Mr Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.
Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, spoke with Flynn. It was the doctrine of American Unexceptionalism if you like. It was not immediately clear if Harward, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, had accepted the offer, according to sources.
A dossier drawn up by a former MI6 officer - that was flatly denied - alleged all manner of Russian involvement in President Trump's businesses and presidential campaign.
Republicans are in charge of Congress, and it's crucial that they put country before party in conducting a thorough, open investigation to find the truth about allegations against Trump associates.
What causes a lot of people to scratch their heads is why the love-in with Putin.
If President Trump's Twitter feed were a novel, it would have what critics call "continuity" problems.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation would not be commenting on the resignation. Adding to the pressure were comments by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who has been a Trump supporter. "It's nothing to do with us".
Trump, who took office on January 20 and has voiced support for improved ties with Russian Federation, added he personally had no business deals in that country. "Was Obama too soft on Russian Federation?"
On Monday afternoon, a key Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway told a TV news anchor the president had full confidence in his national security adviser.
An investigation should determine just what kind of conversations took place with the Russians in these cases.
At least he should have picked some veteran coaches who know how the professional Washington game is played, are loyal to him and who know how to make the White House work smoothly. "I just heard that the crowds are massive", he said of the event scheduled for Saturday.