Posted by: maboulette | February 13, 2017

Russia-Gate: Donald Trump Has Banned Michael Flynn from the White House


UPDATE: Flynn resigned this evening 2/13

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How can the White House have a National Security Adviser who’s been banned from the White House? That’s the current situation, in a sign of just how chaotically out of control Trump and his administration are spiraling as the Russia scandal closes in on them. Although Trump has not yet fired Michael Flynn for getting caught illegally colluding with Russia, he has rather bizarrely banished Flynn from the White House going forward.

INSIDER

That’s the inside word on Sunday night, even as Trump and his loyalists try to decide what to do with Flynn. Trump has told his staff that Flynn is “no longer welcome in the White House” but hasn’t bothered to fire him, with some insiders now suggesting that he may not be fired for a few more weeks because there’s currently too much chaos going on in the Trump White House to replace him yet. But that sounds like a mere excuse. As we pointed out earlier, if Trump doesn’t fire Flynn by end of business Monday, the only logical conclusion will be that Trump knows he can’t fire Flynn, because Trump was complicit in Flynn’s efforts to work with Russia to rig the election.

BANISHED

The fact that Trump has banished Flynn from the White House, but not fired him – an ridiculously unmanageable scenario for a National Security Adviser who is supposed to be in crucial meetings in the White House – points to Trump wanting the dangerous Flynn as far away from him as possible, but knowing he’s not in a position to fire the guy. Making things worse for Trump, two things are known about Flynn: he’s willing to do whatever he personally thinks is right, without regard to consequences to himself.  And he’s unreliable on an unhinged level but then that can be said about several Trump staffers.

LEAKER

After all, this is the guy who once leaked classified information to Pakistan against orders, knowing he’d be punished for it, simply because he was sure it would work out well – and his decision ended up being tragic for the mission. So if Michael Flynn decides based on his own paranoid warped judgment that he needs to take down Donald Trump and the administration in order to right whatever perceived wrong, it may explain why Trump is left with no option but to ban the guy from the White House while not officially firing him from his White House job. Update: Flynn is strangely already back at the White House today.

UPDATE: Flynn resigned this evening 2/13

UPDATE: In a resignation letter, Flynn said he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition and gave “incomplete information” about those discussions to Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president, apparently relying on information from Flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded the issue may have come up.

KELLOGG

Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser. Kellogg had previously been appointed the National Security Council chief of staff and advised Trump on national security issues during the campaign.

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