- The Washington Times - Monday, February 20, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence said Monday he was “disappointed” about being misled by former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over his conversations with a Russian diplomat.

“I was disappointed to learn that the facts conveyed to me by Gen. Flynn were inaccurate,” Mr. Pence said at a press conference in Belgium with NATO’s secretary general. “I’m very grateful for the close working relationship I have with the president.”

President Trump fired Mr. Flynn last week after aides said he had lost trust in him. Mr. Flynn told Mr. Pence and others in the administration that he didn’t discuss U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador prior to the inauguration, but the vice president learned weeks later that his account wasn’t accurate.

Mr. Pence said the president’s decision to ask for Mr. Flynn’s resignation was “proper.”

“We honor Gen. Flynn’s long service to the United States of America, and I fully support the president’s decision,” the vice president said. “It was handled properly and in a timely way. I have great confidence in the national security team of this administration going forward.”

Mr. Trump on Sunday interviewed at least four candidates for national security adviser, including former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and the current Acting National Security Adviser, retired Gen. Keith Kellogg.


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