Kellyanne Conway got into a heated interview with Matt Lauer on Tuesday, February 14, regarding Michael Flynn, as seen in the below Today video. After only a few weeks on the job as National Security Adviser in the Trump administration, Flynn quit on Monday evening. It isn’t the first controversy that has surrounded the Trump administration in terms of national security. As reported by the Inquisitr, Richard DeAgazio removed his Facebook page after posting a photo of Rick, the man who carries the “nuclear football” briefcase that could launch a nuclear attack.
If your dues cost $214k/year, you naturally expect this includes free caddy service and top secret clearance. https://t.co/tttxVkrC9i
— Matt Butler (@levinthauer) February 14, 2017
But on Tuesday, it was Matt’s heated exchange with Kellyanne that went viral online after Conway told Lauer that Michael had “become a lightning rod” regarding Russian dealings, and therefore resigned. However, Lauer reminded Conway that the White House was warned about Flynn’s potential dealings with Russia weeks ago, and Flynn’s sudden departure directly conflicted with the reports Kellyanne issued the day before, saying that Flynn had the complete trust and confidence of President Trump. But Conway stayed the course and told Lauer that it was because Michael misled Vice President Mike Pence and others regarding data shared with the Russian ambassador to the United States that led to Flynn’s resignation; a fact that Matt took issue with and called Conway to the carpet about in the following Today interview.
According to Today, Conway blamed the misleading of Mr. Pence as the reason why Flynn is now gone. As a result of the contentious interview, the name “Matt Lauer” has gained nearly 9,000 tweets on Twitter. The social media network lists Lauer’s name under the trending section.
As seen in the above photo from Monday, February 13, former National Security Adviser Flynn was photographed next to Conway, Counselor to the President. Kellyanne and Michael took their seats prior to the press conference with Mr. Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
At the point when Flynn and Conway were photographed in the East Room of the White House in Washington, the public believed that Mr. Trump was reevaluating Flynn’s role as Trump’s National Security Adviser without knowing that Michael would resign from his job late on Monday.
Flynn did not even complete a full month on his job before quitting over the controversy. Michael told Mr. Pence that he didn’t talk with Russia about sanctions but later explained in his resignation letter that he did.
“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”
Kellyanne explained that she was speaking with Lauer as Mr. Trump’s mouthpiece, and explained that even though the Justice Department had sent warnings to Trump’s White House that Flynn was being misleading and made himself a blackmail target, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the misleading of Mr. Pence by Flynn. As reported by Today in the above video, questions have arisen in the wake of Flynn’s resignation, with some wondering if Michael isn’t falling on his own sword, as it were, after taking direction directly from Mr. Trump.
Kellyanne called Matt’s interpretation of the Flynn situation “one characterization,” but Conway insisted the situation became unsustainable, and it was no longer possible to keep Michael in his role. Kellyanne claimed that Mr. Trump wishes Michael well, and they are moving on to consider three strong candidates for the Trump administration to replace in Flynn’s role.
Meanwhile, instead of addressing the Flynn controversy directly himself, President Trump is tweeting about “illegal leaks” coming out of Washington. Though Mr. Trump didn’t specify the exact leak source, the popular “Rogue POTUS Staff” Twitter account has gained nearly 800,000 followers, as reported by the Inquisitr.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
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