White House Tries to Distance Itself From ‘Ex-Obama Official’ Flynn

The White House on Friday tried to distance itself from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn by referring to him as “a former Obama administration official” who only worked for the Trump administration for 25 days. However, President Obama had warned Trump against hiring Flynn prior to his January 2017 inauguration. Flynn had led the Defense Intelligence Agency under the Obama administration but was fired in 2014 because of mismanagement and temperament issues. Flynn was later an early Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential election and worked for his campaign. “The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” said White House lawyer Ty Cobb, attempting to minimize the connection between Flynn and the Trump camp. “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.”