Donald Trump's anticipated, if so far unofficial, reaction to the Flynn resignation hit moments ago when the president tweeted in response to the brewing scandal that "The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?"
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
The White House announced Flynn's resignation Monday night, the culmination of weeks of controversy surrounding alleged communications with Russia. Flynn had initially denied speaking with Russia’s U.S. ambassador during the transition about sanctions levied by President Obama, but admitted this week that he may have done so and "inadvertently" told Vice President Mike Pence and others otherwise.
However, as we noted earlier, that will hardly placate Trump's enemies who will demand to know how and if, indeed, the White House was warned by the DOJ 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.
Furthermore, Trump now faces backlash within the GOP as well, with John McCain saying moments ago that Gen. Flynn's resignation "is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus."
Finally, earlier on Tuesday, Wikileaks blamed a “destabilization campaign” by the media and Democrats for national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation.
Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press https://t.co/vKlX1Tqek1— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 14, 2017
“Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns after destabilization campaign by US spies, Democrats, press,” the organization tweeted, including a screenshot of the press release from the White House announcing the President Trump accepted Flynn’s resignation.
As also reproted earlier, Russia responded to the Flynn resgination, calling it an "internal matter", while some Russian politicans were quoted as accusing the US of "paranoia."