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Michael Flynn Resigns As Trump's National Security Adviser (go.com) 895

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: President Donald Trump's embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn, who faced questions about a call to the Russian ambassador prior to the inauguration, has resigned. Retired Army General Keith Kellogg was named acting national security adviser to replace Flynn. ABC News reported Monday that Flynn called Vice President Mike Pence on Friday to apologize for misleading him about his conversation with the ambassador in November. Flynn previously denied that he spoke about sanctions the U.S. imposed on Russia for its suspected interference in the 2016 election, a claim repeated by Pence in January. An administration official later claimed Pence was relying on information provided to him by Flynn. In his resignation later, Flynn cited the "fast pace of events" for "inadvertently" briefing "the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding [his] phone calls with the Russian Ambassador." You can view Flynn's full resignation letter, as provided by the White House, here.
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Michael Flynn Resigns As Trump's National Security Adviser

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @01:15AM (#53863161)

    Right?! This was just because of a miscommunication of a phone call, that's all. *waves hand*

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by FyRE666 ( 263011 )

      Let's see how quickly the Trumpanzees can blame this on Obama somehow, or call it all fake news :)

      • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @02:27AM (#53863491) Journal

        The line from the Breitbart crowd seems to be that Flynn is a minor figure of no importance and it's all Sally Yates' fault.

        • by mmell ( 832646 )
          I suppose if they're allowed to make up alternative facts, it's really easy to explain anything!
          • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @03:04AM (#53863617) Journal

            I think that ability on their part is fading fast. The polls showing Trump's precipitous fall in popularity tell the story of a presidency in the kind of crisis that hasn't been seen since Iran-Contra or the Lewinsky affair, and, as with Watergate before it, those scandals didn't hit until second terms. The fact that one of Trump's longest supporters has been outed being chatty with the Russian Ambassador just weeks into the Presidency just blows me away. This is like a presidency on amphetamines.

            • by Unknown User ( 4795349 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @05:26AM (#53863985)
              Well, let's face it. The real problem is that neither Flynn not Bannon are remotely competent national security advisors, neither is Rex Tillerson a sufficiently unbiased foreign minister (in the light of past attempts to secure billion dollar oil deals with Russia), or Betsy DeVos a competent education minister, not to speak of the abominable choice of attorney general. Despite all this partisan chatter and division, Republicans should be able to realize that there are plenty of Republicans or independents with higher integrity who would have been better suited for these posts. I feel sorry for guys like McCain who nowadays have to worry about their own folks more than about the opposition.
              • by MachineShedFred ( 621896 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @09:44AM (#53864819) Journal

                Yeah, except that all of those Republicans don't get to name nominees. They only get to "advise and consent" if they are sitting members of the United States Senate - and that advice can be freely ignored by the President, who has the sole power to appoint cabinet nominees for Senate confirmation.

                If you want to see a real horror show of government, it would be Trump White House vs. the United States Congress. Vetoing bills out of spite, sending even more unqualified people for confirmation just to troll the Senate, etc. And don't think this guy wouldn't do it.

            • by neilo_1701D ( 2765337 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @09:11AM (#53864579)

              This is like a presidency on amphetamines.

              This is like a presidency at amature hour.

              The really stupid thing is that for all the shaking-up that has been done to world leaders, the One China policy remains; Israel is still scolded; refugees are still being accepted; and there is no replacement for Obamacare on the horizon. For all the bravado, he has achieved nothing at the cost of the US's image and brand. Put another way, far from being the anti-Obama he portrayed himself to be, he has arrived at exactly the same policy positions.

              The #1 thing he could do right now to show some statesmanship is to get to California, stand by the Oroville Dam and declare US infrastructure be his priority. Forget the Great Wall of Mexico. Here is a genuine crisis that is symptomatic of a deeper problem, and here is a genuine crisis handed to him on a silver platter. He want to build? Build. He wants a short-term sugar high on jobs? Employ people to build. Yes thre is a cost; but what the heck; borrow the money. He could probably borrow enough to do most of this work and still be able to say he didn't raise the national debt as much as Obama did.

              But instead, he tweets about Nordstrom and how unfair they are to Ivanka.

            • No fall, no change (Score:4, Informative)

              by Geoffrey.landis ( 926948 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @09:42AM (#53864795) Homepage

              I think that ability on their part is fading fast. The polls showing Trump's precipitous fall in popularity.. .

              The polls are not showing a "precipitous fall in popularity". So far, three weeks after inauguration, the people who liked Trump before still like him and think he's doing good; the people who didn't like Trump before still don't like him and think he's doing badly.

              Really. Look at the actual poll numbers, not the misleading headlines: no real change.
              http://elections.huffingtonpos... [huffingtonpost.com]

              His approval ratings almost certainly will change as people start to judge him on what he does, not what his campaign said-- but this has not happened yet.

  • So much winning... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @01:22AM (#53863193) Journal

    Is everybody tired of winning yet?

    General Michael Flynn's tenure as NSA adviser is the shortest in US history (24 days). The previous record-holder was 348 days (Reagan's first NSA director). And I guarantee that Reagan's NSA director didn't resign because he was too cozy with and taking money from the Russians.

    So much for "extreme vetting", I guess.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @01:57AM (#53863377)

      And it's far worse. He had conversations BEFORE he was appointed by Trump. The Russian Ambassador KNEW he would be appointed.

      Remember Trump's "only I know who will be my choices"?? comment? Well no, Putin and the Russians had an in too.

      And the timing of those calls, matched up with the stated timings in the pee memos. Giving further credence to the pee memos.

      The pee memos, list Putin's courting of Flynn back in August, way before the election. So Putin picked this man back in August way before Trump picked him. Which places Trump's thoughts in Putin's head by some sort of mind-meld..... or more likely, the two worked together to put Trump in power, which means Trump committed treason to be President.

      At this point, GOP need to clean house. They'll be left with Mike Pence as President, whose believed to be a Republican American, pro-business, pro-trade, pro-security. Not this Russian asshole who lies, blocks cyber-security bills, defend Russian attacks on Ukraine, removes Generals from the National Security Council meetings (FFS that's their job!), attacks NATO, attacks allies, defends Putin, attacks America, repeats Putin lies about Syria, attacks the Judicial system, defends Putin some more.... yeh we get it.

      • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @02:10AM (#53863415) Journal

        I think we are a long way from a Trump impeachment and conviction. I still can't see the Republicans sacrificing themselves when they control Congress and, at least no.inally the White House.

        The smarter way to play this is to let Trump destroy his credibility and remaining political capital, and then inform him that he can either hand over day to day governance to Pence and then spend the rest of his term playing President on TV, or face impeachment. You get an effective Pence presidency without the nightmare that would be a forced removal from office.

    • by guruevi ( 827432 )

      And he was fired for it (or forcefully stepped down). How long did it take for Hillary to step down from her post after her e-mail snafu?

      • by squiggleslash ( 241428 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @08:41AM (#53864437) Homepage Journal

        When was Trump out of a job because of his Mar-a-Lago snafu?

        Flynn isn't being fired because he breached mostly unofficial protocols concerning the storage of communications, he's resigned because of his communications with a hostile foreign power.

        Trump, on the other hand, casually handled a national security issue involving North Korea in front of numerous $200,000 donors... uh, I mean, "members of his club", without making any efforts to maintain security or privacy. And he's still President. As is every member of his staff (and there are several) who use private email servers to conduct official business.

        Like Sanders, I'm a little sick of hearing about emails. But I'm especially sick of hearing about them from people who have no interest whatsoever in the current administration's own communications practices, which are clearly "worse" (in quotes, because frankly the private email thing was always a non-scandal, and you know it.)

  • Tech Angle (Score:4, Insightful)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @01:27AM (#53863205) Journal
    It would be nice if the story had a tech angle. This one is moronic, for example, but at least it discusses encryption [rawstory.com], which is better than nothing. The Pols are learning from their mistakes.
  • by myid ( 3783581 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @02:27AM (#53863487)

    I voted for Trump, because I can't stand the Clintons. I'm not for Trump, or for the Republican party. I'm for the US - I want good government.

    So even though I agree with most of Trump's positions, I'm glad that the Democrats and the press point out the ways that Trump messes up, like selecting a national security adviser who can be blackmailed. We have to correct problems like that.

    • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @04:21AM (#53863845)

      I voted for Trump ... I want good government

      So how's that working out for you?
      Given that it took less than week for him to violate the Constitution how do you rate your chances on getting to vote again?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by ooloorie ( 4394035 )

        So how's that working out for you?

        I didn't vote for Trump, but so far, I have no complaints.

        Given that it took less than week for him to violate the Constitution how do you rate your chances on getting to vote again?

        I see, still following the advice of your hero: "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself."

      • Given that it took less than week for him to violate the Constitution

        [Citation needed].

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojoNO@SPAMworld3.net> on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @08:42AM (#53864443) Homepage Journal

      You screwed up. The current government is a joke. Bogged down in legal proceedings, and its relationship with the press is a disaster. Trump is so divisive half the country is basically pulling in the opposite direction to the other, and governance is only possible as long as the Republicans control both houses. Policies are made based on alternate facts and fake news, fed directly to Trump's brain through his favourite sources of media - Fox News, Brietbart and Infowars.

      Trump is in it to enrich himself and his friends, and to inflate his ego. Your dislike of Clinton resulted in a narcissist with no experience and no chance of doing a good job taking power. The best you can hope for is that other people manage to salvage something from the next four years.

    • by mjwx ( 966435 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @08:44AM (#53864451)

      I voted for Trump, because I can't stand the Clintons.

      Everything you said after this was bullshit.

      You didn't vote for Trump because he was more qualified. He wasn't.
      You didn't vote for Trump because he had better policies: He didn't.
      You didn't vote for Trump because he was a more stable candidate: He wasn't.
      You didn't vote for Trump because he wasn't dangerous: He is.
      You didn't vote for Trump because you want good government: He was always the worst candidate.

      You voted for Trump because you hated something else. Don't pretend he was the better candidate, every act and objective measure demonstrates that to be false. At least be honest, you voted for him because you care more about seeing your team win politics than about your country.

      You are what is broken in a democracy.

      • I voted for Trump, because I can't stand the Clintons.

        Everything you said after this was bullshit. You didn't vote for Trump because he was more qualified. He wasn't. You didn't vote for Trump because he had better policies: He didn't. You didn't vote for Trump because he was a more stable candidate: He wasn't. You didn't vote for Trump because he wasn't dangerous: He is. You didn't vote for Trump because you want good government: He was always the worst candidate. You voted for Trump because you hated something else. Don't pretend he was the better candidate, every act and objective measure demonstrates that to be false. At least be honest, you voted for him because you care more about seeing your team win politics than about your country. You are what is broken in a democracy.

        Thank you. I'm not sure about the OP, but I know for a fact that many people voted for him simply because Trump went George Wallace. That was an appetite long repressed and buried deep within closets. It just needed someone like Trump to yell the modern equivalent of the n* word (Mexicans and Muslims) for that appetite to burst out of the closets.

    • by MobyDisk ( 75490 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @09:20AM (#53864619) Homepage

      Since you are the first potentially rational Trump supporter, I honestly want to understand your positions. Do you want a wall between the US and Mexico, and if so, why? Do you want to forgive Russia for the annexation of Crimea? Let's see..what else.... do you support ending the child care tax credit? Do you believe in global warming?

    • by luis_a_espinal ( 1810296 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @10:10AM (#53865025) Homepage

      I voted for Trump, because I can't stand the Clintons. I'm not for Trump, or for the Republican party. I'm for the US - I want good government.

      So even though I agree with most of Trump's positions, I'm glad that the Democrats and the press point out the ways that Trump messes up, like selecting a national security adviser who can be blackmailed. We have to correct problems like that.

      You voted for a racist motherfucker who spearheaded the Birther movement, why that God-awful racist attempt to delegitimize the first African-American president of the United Status. Since it was no longer fashionable to call Obama a n*, the best option was to call him a Muslim (as if that was a bad thing) born in Kenya (which was patently false.) And Trump spearheaded that, to deny an US born American citizen his birthright of being, you know, a US born citizen.

      And this ape went on to call Judge Curiel, a US born judge, a "Mexican", questioning Curiel's ability to do his job because his parents were Mexican.

      A man who to this day blames those poor black guys known as the Central Park Five for a crime they did not commit.

      A man who stated the majority of illegals were murderers and rapists, with some he magnanimously assumed, being good people.

      A man who pretty much promised a Muslim ban, a ban based on faith.

      That man, Trump, is a fucking bigot (or played one for the bigoted masses, of which there is really no difference.)

      And you looked the other way and voted for him.

      That's who you are.

    • by Yunzil ( 181064 )

      I voted for Trump, because I can't stand the Clintons. I'm not for Trump, or for the Republican party. I'm for the US - I want good government.

      You want good government, so you voted for someone who has no idea how to run a government and who has all the subtlety and diplomatic skills of an angry rhino in a china shop; and all because you have some childish dislike for the Clintons.

      Perhaps you should rethink your strategy next time.

  • Emails (Score:5, Insightful)

    by friedman101 ( 618627 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @03:07AM (#53863627)
    Remember when like 70% of slashdot thought that it was a good idea to put this buffoon in power because Hillary was too "establishment" and was a dumbass about classified emails?

    Any regrets yet?
  • by Bootsy Collins ( 549938 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @11:34AM (#53865765)

    In response to these events, WikiLeaks has tweeted "Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press."

    https://twitter.com/wikileaks/... [twitter.com]

    Wow. WikiLeaks has become a completely, utterly, totally different animal from what they were when they started out.

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