Trump 'Feels Really, Really, Really, Bad About Firing Him'
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President Donald Trump believes that once the FBI concludes its investigation into Russia's intervention in the U.S. election, the man he fired as National Security Adviser can return to a White House position. The Daily Beast reports President Trump feels bad about firing Flynn, and reveals the retired general did not even want the job.
Mike Flynn is under federal investigation, and was even before Trump offered him the job as NSA. On Wednesday news broke that the Trump transition team knew Flynn was under investigation but allowed him to have the role of National Security Adviser with access to top secret and classified information, despite the ongoing investigation.
“Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back,” a White House official said, the Daily Beast reports.
Trump also didn't feel Flynn should have been under investigation at all.
"President Donald Trump pressured a 'reluctant' Michael Flynn into accepting a job as the White House’s top national security official even after Flynn warned the president that he was under investigation over undisclosed lobbying on behalf of a foreign government," The Daily Beast adds.
“He did not want to be National Security Adviser,” Michael Ledeen, a friend of the retired Army general, told The Daily Beast on Thursday. “He didn’t want to be in the government. He wanted to go back to private life.”
“But Trump insisted on it,” said historian Ledeen, co-author of Flynn’s 2016 book The Field of Fight, their manifesto for defeating Islamic militancy. “He likes him, he trusted him, he was comfortable with him,” he said.
Citing a different source, the Daily Beast's report states Flynn would have preferred to have been nominated as Director of National Intelligence or Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
That of course would have been impossible, requiring Senate confirmation.
Earlier today we learned that Trump reached out to Flynn three weeks ago, telling him to "stay strong."
As for Flynn returning to the White House? Given all we know now, that seems impossible.
Here's a clip of Flynn during the campaign:
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