(Reuters) -The White House still reeling after U.S. President Donald Trump fired his National Security Adviser after just 24 days on the job, dealt another blow when the man Trump wanted for the role told him, ‘thanks but no thanks.’
Trump on Thursday saying the decision to dismiss former general Michael Flynn was made easier because he had a strong replacement in mind.
‘And I have, somebody that I think will be outstanding for the position. And that also helps, I think, in the making of my decision.’
That put him at odds with Trump.
The role of National Security Adviser vacant after Trump asked former general Michael Flynn to resign this week.
Flynn was embroiled in scandal due to phone calls he made with Russian officials where he discussed sanctions, calls that were intercepted by U.S. intelligence.
He appears to have mislead Vice President Mike Pence about subject of the conversations
The Washington Post reporting Thursday Flynn denied discussing sanctions when the FBI investigated the matter.
Lying to the FBI is a felony.
The decision of whether or not to prosecute Flynn will fall to the Justice Department, now under the sway of longtime Trump ally Jeff Sessions.
‘this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.’