Host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer, said during an interview with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway that that the Trump administration’s handling of former national security adviser Michael Flynn made “no sense.”
“That makes no sense,” Lauer told Conway during the interview after she said Flynn’s involvement in the administration eventually became “unsustainable.”
Lauer brought up the point that the Department of Justice warned the White House about the risk Flynn posed to the administration due to his phone call conversation with a Russian ambassador. He raised the question if Flynn still had the president’s trust at that point.
“At that moment, he still had the complete trust of the president?” Lauer asked Conway, who did not respond directly.
“You’re saying that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the White House knew about that last month when the Justice Department warned the White House that Mr. Flynn, or Gen. Flynn, had not been completely honest in characterizing that conversation with the Russian ambassador,” Lauer said.
“They even went further to say that as a result of that dishonesty, he was at risk for blackmailing by the Russians.”
Flynn resigned on Monday after the “fast pace of events” that led him to “inadvertently” give Vice President Mike Pence and others “incomplete information” about his phone conversations with the Russian ambassador.
Just hours before his resignation Conway said Trump had “full confidence” in his national security adviser.
Take a look at the interview below: