Early reports suggested Trump wasn’t ready to get rid of National Security Advisor Flynn and hadn’t lost confidence in him. Actually, he no longer trusted him and fired him.
From the Washington Examiner:
President Trump asked for the resignation of his former national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn, over “a trust issue,” not over any illegalities in his pre-inaugural dealings with Russia, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday.
Trump’s trust in Flynn “eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change” after a “series of questionable instances,” Spicer said.
Flynn reportedly misrepresented his December phone conversation with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., during which he may have discussed potential sanctions relief. The former national security advisor told Vice President Mike Pence at the time that the issue of sanctions had not come up, and Pence repeated his denial as fact in a subsequent interview.
“The president was very concerned that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others,” Spicer said on Tuesday.