It all came down to trust.
At the first White House press briefing where The Federalist Papers Project was invited, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump simply couldn’t trust General Michael Flynn anymore, so he had to go.
“The level of trust had eroded so much,” Spicer said, that he needed a change. So Trump accepted Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser.
As his close advisers have said for a long time, Donald Trust demands loyalty and he insists that he be able to trust his closest advisers.
Foreshadowing the press conference, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) said that while Flynn “Served his country with distinction,” he said that trust was key.
“Mike Flynn served his country with distinction,” Burr said.. The President needs a National Security Adviser whom he can trust and I defer to him to decide who best fills that role.”
Spicer said the level of trust between Flynn and Trump had eroded so much that they “needed a change.”
Flynn apparently misled Vice President Mike Pence, telling him when he spoke to Russian officials that they never spoke about sanctions, when in fact they have. Pence then went on national television and repeated Flynn’s lie.
Flynn was fired from the administration of President Barack Obama. He has blamed that action on his calls for a tougher stance on Islamic extremism. The Associated Press quoted an Obama administration official as saying Flynn had not followed orders and was fired for insubordination.