Trump Security Team "In Turmoil" After Flynn Resignation, Russia Accuses US Of "Paranoia"

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than a month into the new administration, President Trump security team has been plunged into "turmoil" following last night's unexpected resignation announcement by his now former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. In some additional back story color, Flynn reportedly infuriated VP Pence by misleading him about the call, then not fully apologizing, the NYT reported and also added that Steve Bannon pushed for his resignation since Friday.

Flynn stepped down on Monday night over his phone conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak. In a statement announcing his resignation, the general said he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with the incomplete information” about the calls.

Flynn’s resignation comes at a delicate time for the president as Trump struggles to cement his national security apparatus, just as the president and his cabinet officials are preparing for a series of meetings and summits with foreign leaders in the coming months, starting this week in Europe, and followed by various trips abroad, mostly to Europe.

As reported last night, Trump is now contemplating to replace Flynn with retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, who had been Flynn’s chief of staff.  Along with Kellogg, the White House is considering retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward and former CIA director David Petraeus as permanent replacements for Flynn. None of the three has a history with the president like Flynn’s, who was an early supporter and ardent campaigner during Trump’s improbable campaign for the White House.

First, the bad news: Flynn leaves as the U.S. confronts serious challenges on two strategic fronts: the Middle East and Asia, as Bloomberg notes. Trump has yet to define his plan for combating the Islamic State and other radical Islamists that he’s said are the No. 1 threat to the U.S. In Asia, North Korea has tested the new administration by launching a ballistic missile while Trump was meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. China also is asserting itself, forcing Trump to back down from the notion of using Taiwan as a bargaining chip in dealing with the world’s second biggest economy.

Though Trump campaigned primarily on domestic issues, national security was a central element of his message and it’s been dominant in the early days of his presidency. Following on his meeting with Abe in Washington, Trump is set to meet on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Vice President Mike Pence and other top administration officials, meanwhile, are heading to the annual Munich Security Conference at the end of the week, where European allies are desperate for any clues to Trump’s intentions and will be looking to divine what role the U.S. plans to play.

Then, some good news: Trump will hope to use Flynn’s departure to put an end to the questions about whether Flynn had improper contact with Russia. “This seemed inevitable when it became clear Flynn had misled Vice President Pence over the calls,” said Brendan Thomas-Noone, a research fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre. “Trump’s administration needs to distance itself from the suspicion it has close links with Russia and this may give it some space.”

Possible replacements: If Trump taps Robert Harward it may further empower Defense Secretary James Mattis, under whom Harward served as a deputy commander of U.S. Central Command. Harward served on the National Security Council’s staff and at the National Counterterrorism Center under President George W. Bush. He has served as a Navy SEAL and commanded forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harward currently is chief executive of Lockheed Martin United Arab Emirates.

On the other hand, Gen. Petraeus is well known as a retired four-star general lauded for his leadership in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But his ability to repair the reputation of Trump’s National Security Council may be compromised by another matter that brought him notoriety: a 2015 plea deal including two years of probation for a misdemeanor, after he shared classified documents with a biographer with whom he had an extramarital affair. The episode forced his resignation as CIA director under President Barack Obama. He was under consideration by Trump for the secretary of state job that ultimately went to Rex Tillerson.

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The Democrats, who have been calling for Flynn's resignation for the past week, are feeling further emboldened and will press Trump for more details. "The reality is General Flynn was unfit to be the National Security Advisor, and should have been dismissed three weeks ago," Representatives John Conyers of Michigan and Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top-ranking Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, wrote in a joint statement.

"Now, we in Congress need to know who authorized his actions, permitted them, and continued to let him have access to our most sensitive national security information despite knowing these risks," they added. "We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security." Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the top Foreign Affairs Committee Democrat, called for a “thorough, bipartisan investigation to get the complete picture of Russia’s interference” in the U.S. presidential election following Flynn’s resignation.”

Trump's team will be under a microscope following a WaPo report last night according to which a warning about Flynn's Russian connections was delivered to the White House counsel’s office by then acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates was concerned Flynn was potentially vulnerable to being "blackmailed by Russia." Trump fired Yates after she refused to defend his executive order banning travel from seven predominately Muslim nations.

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Meanwhile, early on Tuesday Russian lawmakers reacted with dismay and anger to U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation, calling it a sign that Donald Trump’s White House is driven by the same “paranoia” toward the Kremlin as previous presidencies.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to comment, telling reporters on a conference call Tuesday that Flynn’s departure is an “internal matter” for the U.S. Peskov on Friday said reports that Flynn and Kislyak discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia late last year weren’t true. 

“We would not like to comment on it in any way,” Peskov told journalists on Tuesday, when asked about Flynn’s resignation. “This is a domestic issue of the Americans and the Trump administration, not ours.”

Some Russian officials were more vocal about Flynn’s resignation than the Kremlin. “The resignation of Michael Flynn was probably the speediest for a national security advisor in all history. But the target is not Flynn, but rather relations with Russia,” Senator Aleksey Pushkov tweeted.

Additionally, senior Russian lawmakers said on Tuesday Flynn's resignation showed that efforts were being made to undermine Russian-U.S. relations.

"It's obvious that Flynn was forced to write the letter of resignation under a certain amount of pressure," Leonid Slutsky, head of the lower house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency. "The target was Russia-U.S. relations, undermining confidence in the new U.S. administration," Slutsky said, without specifying who he thought was responsible.

The resignation is “a negative signal for establishing Russian-American dialogue,” Slutsky added according to Interfax.

Fellow lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, who leads the upper house of parliament's international affairs committee, said the resignation could be a sign of growing anti-Russian feeling in the White House. "Either Trump has not gained the requisite independence and he is gradually being (not unsuccessfully) backed into a corner, or Russophobia has already infected the new administration also from top to bottom," Kosachev said on social media.

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The matter is far from over, with attention now turning to Trump's official statement on the matter which has yet to come. Meanwhile, reporters will bombard White House spokesman Sean Spicer with questions about what and when did Trump know and why he didn't act on it, with the main line of questioning focused on why was Flynn fired just now if the White House was aware of potential Russian ties for a month, and how long did Trump plan to keep Flynn on board. Also, attention will focus on whether Flynn acting on his own when he discussed the Russian sanctions with the ambassador, and whether he was authorized to have the conversation, which will then shift the spotlight to Trump's own allegations of close ties with the Kremlin.

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IridiumRebel's picture

Yeah like there isn't another 100 spooks ready to replace him.
!!!!!!!TURMOIL DISTRESS PAIN UNEASE!!!!!!!

FreezeThese's picture

1 in 1 out ... Donna will consider that a good day

 

What an f'n clown show this has become ... what did we do to deserve this lord?

 

Don't think anyone's going to not ask why the President of the United States sat on this info for a month ... was Pence lieing to the world ... did he order Flynn to conduct the phone call ... you know, the logicals

 

 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

When does Priebus get the axe?

 

I think 3 weeks is enough time......he's served his purpose.

 

 

StackShinyStuff's picture

Now let's see how many MSM outlets use the term "in turmoil".  Taking bets on the over/under line of 15. 

Manthong's picture

It’s the end of the world , I tell you.

It’s over.

Turmoil… Tumult… Consternation… Confusion… Wailing… Gnashing of teeth…

The whole Administration should step down now,

just like Obama’s did when they encountered the slightest controversy.

Oh, wait…

Chupacabra-322's picture

Any term will be used by the Presstitute's to obfuscate.

Turmoil

Inexperienced

Confusion

Worry

FEAR

____________ Fill in the blank.

The real Globalist Scum Fuck here is Pense. At some point Trump will have to ask for his resignation.

lie_to_me's picture

You forgot "poo-ing" in pants. F*ck the traitorous MSM.

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

The catch-phrase here is "The NYT Reported".  Completely disregarded the rest of the propaganda and moved on.

tmosley's picture

Trump needs to flood them with a few more big "scandals" so they can't just focus on this one thing and bog him down.

BullyBearish's picture

The more f(&*ed  up this gets, the closer we are to a MAJOR false flag...

Silky Johnson's picture

Pence is cleaning house on these dirty fucks. Long Live President Pence!

BullyBearish's picture

Pence is a NEOCON and the preferred president of the bankers...

Multi's picture

Firing Mike Flynn was a stupid move, not amount of firing will appease these turds. To the contrary, this will only encourage them.

Well, I guess not everything can be winning anyway.

CrankyCurmudgeon's picture

Anyone stupid enough to lie to the vice president is too stupid to have that job. Of course he got his ass fired.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Trump needs to get inside their OODA loop and stay there.

Not 100 days.

Permanently.

Supafly's picture

What's up with the diamond plate?

Cardinal Fang's picture

Symbolism, 'leaving via the freight elevator...'

Everything is a fucking psyop.

NoPension's picture

They won't stop. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year. The left, with the MSM will just be relentless. It's all they can do, and they'll do it.

 Every newscast. Every awards show. Every sitcom. Every FrontPage of ever newspaper. Every magazine. President farts, Breaking News, National Emergency.

It's actually pretty fucking interesting. Because...what they will begat is not what they think. At a point...The people who elected Trump...to fix a core of problems...Will just say " fuck it". We can't do this the " by the book way", using elections and such. 

Then ....I'm going to say it... out come the guns. And when it starts, it's going to be insanely hard to stop. Because it's going to taste so fucking good. Because the whole time, the war whoop will be " we tried to do it with the vote". 

Nothing. Nothing Trump has accomplished has been given even an honorable mention. They mocked him before the vote. They mocked him ( and US) , and disrespect the office now.

I'll NEVER waste my time marching. Fuck that. When I decide it's time to come out, it won't be to march.  I suspect I'm not alone. 

HamFistedIdiot's picture

Bait and Sketch just posted this: PizzaGate Update: Hillary Admits PizzaGate Behind Flynn TakeDown?

In the post he shows Tweets yesterday from Hillary Clinton that for Flynn there are "consequences" for pushing "fake news", and that "what COMETS around goes around...."

I hope Flynn's replacement goes after the pedos.

I completely agree that the media coverage has been spectacularly one sided and, I would argue, traitorous.

But I guess the elites are expecting a hot war, which is why Obama has moved into a bunker with Soros support just a short walk from the White House. This will be one of the strategic centers for the Communists/One World Order folks. The military will likely have to sort this out at some point. Not looking forward to that, but what has to be done has to be done.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Anyone listening to people like Conyers and Cummings deserves to get mowed down.

I'll say it again. The Libtards are cannon fodder. You are not alone.

Zorba's idea's picture

bring back the tradition of pistol dueling at 10 paces...Jacksonian solutions would be helpful...invite chucky todd and george stephonopolis to hold up the offending parties :/

Syrin's picture

This is hardly turmoil.   Turmoil was when pictures of Moochelle's penile bulge were made public.   Turmoil was when Reggie Love met Obama at Comet's Pizza.   This is hardly turmoil.   Trump is finding the swamp rats.   They will be removed.  This is as bad as it can get because every day he finds new enemies he didn't know were in place and removes them, AND every day he gets more of HIS people in place.  

Clara Tardis's picture

Great summary on Rogue money podcast this morning of the inside poop on the deepstate/ and the rest of us.
https://youtu.be/iBTR_s98xzo

roadhazard's picture

We need Kelly Conway to come clear this up with some alternative facts.

WarPony's picture

Hell NO to BetrayUS - pencil-neck dork.  Send in McCrystal who had the balls to call Brussels the "money masters" (and one reason for why they canned him).

lie_to_me's picture

Trump needs to watch the George  Webb You Tube  videos. Petraeus likes "pizza."

Clara Tardis's picture

Everyone needs to watch the George Webb videos, here's a link-this is DAY 53 he's up to DAY 113..You learn everything
https://youtu.be/rCTzFNrsKns

WillyGroper's picture

not a peep about the 3 awan bro's.

betrayus...get ready to be disemboweled alive.

mary mary's picture

Road hazards are good for you.

Oldwood's picture

The larger concern is WHO is leaking this intelligence. It is becoming quite apparent what the agenda is, and Trump will not be able to effectively serve as president if he is faced with constant leaks. The challenge we all face as citizens is the all powerful intelligence agencies, and their threat is not the exposure of our dirty little secrets. It is simply that they are the ONLY arbiter of truth. If they come out and say they have a transcript of Flynn saying this or that, there is NO ONE who can refute this or present any "alternative facts" to the contrary. And if they can do this to Flynn, they can do it to anyone.

We see with Trump that they are constantly building a false consensus of doubt, a drip, drip, drip of disinformation that creates opportunity. Once they feel confident in their fake consensus of lies, they will spring some "indisputable proof" of Trump malfeasance and Trump will have no means of defense. He can deny all he wants but HIS intelligence agencies will have him by the nuts and his only protection will be his popular support, which is the entire point of their constant false consensus build...to convince us NOT that Trump is bad, but that EVERYBODY ELSE thinks Trump is bad. This allows them to perpetrate a coup while we all stand with our hands in our pockets convinced that this is what everyone else wants. Any hard core resistance will be put down as extremist terroristic threats. WE KNOW who we are....

What we are watching is dangerous in the extreme. This is NOT politics. This is a coup attempt. Streep can complain of "brown shirts" oppressing her on face book or Twitter, but we KNOW who the real brown shirts are. They are the ones telling us to shut up. The ones threatening our jobs and lively-hoods if we publicly support Trump. When we see Pierce Morgan complaining of leftist extremism, when they are attacking HIM for simply not CONDEMNING Trump, we KNOW we got a problem of epic proportions. WE hear anonymous complaints from JOURNALISTS saying that they are AFRAID to speak in moderation, AFRAID of not be extreme enough in their expressed hate of all things Trump. For all the comparisons of Trump to Hitler, it is becoming strikingly apparent WHO the NAZIS really ARE. If our values, our ideologies, are so fragile as to require the silencing of our opposition, then we have not a leg to stand upon, and the left is an ideological CRIPPLE at this point, albeit, a dangerous one.

American Gorbachev's picture

yep, and apparently the flag (umbrella ?) went up six weeks ago

“Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening on MSNBC

methinks the slowrolling "sand in the gears" is the method of GOP house/senate leaders, the DEMs are just going to scream and shout in harmony with the MSM, the FBI will simply sit on it's hands, as the CIA (with the help of a lot of inside bureaucrats) conducts "a war for it's survival"

'tis a war they must not win

Ghordius's picture

+1, great comment, even though I don't agree with lots in it

there is an old British series called "Yes, Minister" that brought once one sequel about leaks. from there:

"The Ship of State is the only known vessel that leaks from the top"

no, no indictment of the Trump presidency from me. nor is this meant to be supportive of the anti-Trump crowd

I am just skeptical. Government is always government, and some gov's actions can be seen as "classics", at times

two hoots's picture

Washington is so enthralled with itself.  There is something terribly wrong when people continue to support and pay for this behavior.   Surely there is a better system we could adapt?    They (all of them) just don't care unless it affects their votes.   But they make the laws, rules and control security, so there you have it.   We can only replace the elected, not the system they created and control (post constitution). 

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

swiss canton system, or better yet just get rid of DC and make it a historic park, they were never meant to matter this much

two hoots's picture

If you are referring to 3/4 of the states?   Governors can't control their own budgets, penisons, local gov spending or security.  They all revert to U Sam as soon as they have problems, diverting responsibility to DC.   That is also part of the system they constructed.  The constitutions is a 2 page document stacked against walls of books, corpus juris and lawyers and is the sole responsbility of the judges to decide its meaning.    Like the resistance of books/bibles in the hands of commoners was a threat to the Church, same as it is with our judical system.  The gatekeepers have it sealed and only they have the power and authority to tell you its meaning. 

Ghordius's picture

you can't say that it's impossible to solve by constitutional means if you have no living memory of a constitutional change

how often was the US Constitution amended? how often... lately?

here, a proposal for the states budget's:

XXVIII Draft Amendment: "Regardless of how taxes are gathered, half of the federal revenues have to be put at the disposal of the States"

took me two seconds to draft. leaks like a sieve, and it's for sure a bad attempt

my point is that the US of A is not my republic to keep or lose. it is... yours. if you don't like the status, at least try with a constructive proposal

again, it's your republic, not Their republic... except if you allow it, of course. You are the Citizen, You are the Gatekeeper, not Them

Bay of Pigs's picture

Hogwash. If you think peaceful change and cooperation is possible with these evil fuckers you are delusional. They have no respect for the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Armed resistance is all America has left.

Chupacabra-322's picture

50 x 10 to the 10th power. For weeks.

kellys_eye's picture

The MSM could have reported this as "Trump acts quickly to replace an unreliable cabinet member" but that would be far too honest of them.

Lone_Star's picture

I'll take the over on that.

If you include the leftist clickbait rags, the total would go through the roof.

The Wizard's picture

"Turmoil" definitely reveals the leaning of an author. There are still a good number of NSA and CIA cabal players that want to do everything possible to upset the apple cart which is heading for them. Exposing Flynn's conversations with that evil villian, Russia, was a well planned out event.

847328_3527's picture

How is the investigation into the Klinton Krime Foundation?

The GOP needs to get off their asses and take the offensive and get to work. how about Klinton's pay-to-play? Huma's feeding the Muslim Brotherhood top secret information?

 

...and on and on.....

Chupacabra-322's picture

#PizzaGate.

We haven't forgotten or are going away Scum Fucks. Do something or pay the consequences.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

The MSM isn't reporting it.....but I think it's over 1000 arrests so far.