President Barack Obama personally warned President Donald Trump against hiring Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, according to new reports from the White House.
Trump’s decision to hire Flynn is coming under scrutiny as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates prepares to testify before Congress that she warned the transition team about the former Army general having been compromised by agents of the Russian government.
NBC News cited three former Obama administration officials who claim that before he left office, Obama personally warned Trump against hiring Flynn, who the former commander in chief had fired as defense intelligence chief for insubordination.
Trump asked for his national security adviser’s resignation just three weeks into the new administration when it leaked that Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior while Obama was still in charge and the disgraced former general lied to Vice President about the incident.
Trump later fired Yates for her refusal to enforce executive orders on immigration, which were eventually declared unconstitutional by a number of federal courts.
Yates informed the White House that Flynn was a subject of a criminal counter-intelligence investigation due to his discussions with Russia and payments the former general accepted from Russian state sponsored corporations.
The significance of these events is that they show Trump is woefully unprepared to deal with national security issues, particularly since he has compromised aides, complex and far reaching ethical conflicts due to his business empire and a personal temperament that is poorly suited to the job.
As an example, Trump fired Yates fie days after she briefed his administration on Flynn’s issues but he remained in the vital national security post for another 17 days.
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