President Trump: "What Flynn did wasn't wrong." pic.twitter.com/FXUbVrXCcG— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 16, 2017
Trump defended Michael Flynn again, calling leaks revealing Flynn’s conversations with the Russian Ambassador the real problem, Talking Points Memo reports.
GOP and Trump officials have said Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying Flynn was let go because of a “trust issue.” Since then, Trump has defended his “wonderful man,” and slammed the intelligence community and media for treating him, “so badly.”
“What he did wasn’t wrong, what he did in terms of the information he saw,” Trump said to reporters today. “What was wrong was the way that other people, including yourselves in this room, were given that information.”
Trump said he’s “not happy” with the leaks.
“That was classified information that was given illegally,” Trump said. “That’s the real problem. You can talk all you want about Russia, which is all a fake news, fabricated deal to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats, and the press plays right into it.”
Trump said that he talked to “a couple of the people that were supposedly involved” with Russia.
“They know nothing about it. They weren’t in Russia, they never made a phone call to Russia, they never received a phone call,” Trump said. “It’s all fake news. All fake news.”
Flynn will likely be replaced by former Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command Robert Harward.
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