Gen. Michael Flynn Resigns As National Security Advisor Over Russia Ties
National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, has resigned, following a scandal over his ties to Russia.
Trump named retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor, according to Flynn's resignation letter. Trump is reportedly considering other permanent replacements.
"In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors," Flynn wrote."These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude."
“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with the 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.”
Flynn’s 24-day run on the National Security Committee came to an end late Monday evening after the Justice Department allegedly believed that he was vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.