National Security Incompetence, Mike Flynn Resigns

The acting attorney general [Sally Yates] informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said. [Washington Post]

THIS WAS so predictable it’s inconcieveable that we have a president so ignorant about the job he holds.

Thank the gods the U.S. intelligence community was paying attention.

Andrea Mitchell explained the renewed interest in Flynn like this: President Obama kicks Russian diplomats out of the country, but instead of retaliating, Vladimir Putin invites the children of U.S. diplomats to a Christmas party.

Our president is a mark for sycophants who have a separate agenda and it’s not about keeping America safe.

Mr. Trump not only ignored warnings from the Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, he fired her AND left a man in a national security position that could have been blackmailed by Russia. All because his ego was hurt by Director of National Security James Clapper and Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, who had forced Flynn out.

If only this was the only problem.

While Donald Trumps opines on the importance of a travel ban, which military experts and diplomats have said inspires ISIS recruits. Trump’s behavior on matters of national security remains erratic, uninformed, and careless. The latest reports about his “open-air situation room” at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend reveals a lack of judgment that is incomprehensible.

From the Washington Post

“Someone opened up a laptop, and at the table . . . a group of Japanese people stood around the prime minister and Donald, and they were all looking at the laptop,” said Jay Weitzman, a member of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and founder of the Pennsylvania-based parking management company Park America. He was sitting three tables away from Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday evening.

“Whoa,” Weitzman remembered thinking. “What’s going on?”

“Turns out, it was a missile launch,” he said Monday.

As Weitzman and other patrons watched Saturday evening, Trump and Abe remained at the table and discussed their response to a ballistic missile test by North Korea. While waiters came and went — and while one club member snapped photos — the two leaders reviewed documents by the light of an aide’s cellphone.

That strange scene — in which Trump turned his table into an al fresco situation room — astounded White House veterans, who were used to presidents retiring to private, secured settings to hash out such an event.

The reckless nature of our president is going to get people killed one day.

The failure of the raid in Yemen is only the beginning, I’m sorry to write.

President Snowflake is having lunch with Governor Chris Christie today. Maybe Trump can use some of his legendary charm on Valentine’s Day to rekindle the bromance with Christie.

Trump is in dire need of a general a grown up who knows how to weather a hurricane.

Vice President Mike Pence is hapless. He believed Flynn’s bullshit without caring enough to consider the wider ramifications if it happened to be true. Worse than that, Pence didn’t have the sense to have the issue investigated, which meant calling the Justice Department on the phone and getting the details.

When did President Trump find out Mike Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail?

We can’t trust anyone working for Trump to tell us the truth.

President Donald J. Trump Names Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor
Accepts Resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn

President Donald J. Trump has named Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. (Ret) as Acting National Security Advisor following the resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret). General Kellogg is a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1967 to 2003, including two tours during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V” device, and the Air Medal with “V” device. He served as the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1997 to 1998. Prior to his retirement, General Kellogg was Director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The full text of General Flynn’s resignation letter is below:

February 13, 2017

In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.

Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.

Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.

I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.

I am also extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America’s leadership position in the world.

As I step away once again from serving my nation in this current capacity, I wish to thank President Trump for his personal loyalty, the friendship of those who I worked with throughout the hard fought campaign, the challenging period of transition, and during the early days of his presidency.

I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history, and I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.

Michael T. Flynn, LTG (Ret)
Assistant to the President / National Security Advisor