NBC News is reporting that Barack Obama warned President Trump against hiring Michael Flynn to be his national security advisor because he believed Flynn was not suitable for such a high-level post.
According to NBC:
The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office.
The revelation comes on a day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is expected to testify that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
NBC News has asked the Trump administration for a response.
Image: Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Obama and Trump shake hands following their meeting in the Oval Office on Nov. 10, 2016. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
According to all three former officials, Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn. The Obama administration fired Flynn in 2014 from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, largely because of mismanagement and temperament issues.
Obama’s warning pre-dated the concerns inside the government about Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador, one of the officials said. Obama passed along a general caution that he believed Flynn was not suitable for such a high level-post, the official added.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said it shouldn’t be surprising that Obama would go after Flynn since there was “bad blood” between the two, given Flynn had been sharply critical of Obama’s lack of a strategy for fighting ISIS.