Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn had the confidence of President Trump until the moment he decided to resign Monday night, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday.
Conway said on NBC that her comments Monday afternoon that Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, had the “full confidence of the president,” were accurate. She said Trump is a loyal person and was willing to stand by Flynn until he decided to resign late Monday night.
“Both were true,” she said of her comments that Trump had confidence in Flynn and that he was reviewing the situation. “The president is very loyal … and by night’s end, Mike Flynn decided it was best to resign. He knew he became a lightning rod and he felt it was best to resign.”
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Flynn resigned Monday night after reports became public that he withheld information about what he said in a phone call with the Russian ambassador in December. Flynn reportedly talked to the ambassador about sanctions the Obama administration was handing down for Russia’s influence campaign on the 2016 election and then didn’t tell Vice President Mike Pence about that conversation.
Many have said Flynn lied directly to Pence about the issue, and even Conway agreed it amounted to “misleading” Pence. She said that was what ultimately led him to resign.
“That fact is what became unsustainable,” she said. “I think misleading the vice president was really the key here.”
Conway didn’t answer when asked multiple times why Trump still had confidence in Flynn and allowed him to be involved in national security decisions, after the Justice Department had warned the administration in January that Flynn’s actions were a problem and could leave him open to blackmail by the Russians.
This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner