Trump’s National Security Advisor Resigns

February 23, 2017

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Sophomore Emily Abdoney says, “I am glad that Michael Flynn resigned after the leaks. His actions were unacceptable and McMaster is a good replacement.”

President Trump offered Michael Flynn the position as National Security Advisor on November 18. Between the offer and the election, Flynn made a call to a Russian Ambassador about sanctions. A sanction is an action between states or countries that forces the other to comply with legal obligations. This call would have been appropriate, however it was before Trump was inaugurated. Flynn lied about the call after beginning his job as National Security Advisor. Flynn resigned from his position Monday, February 13 after admitting to mislead Vice President Mike Pence about his phone calls with a Russian Ambassador.

Potential replacements were Robert Harward, David Petraeus, and Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. Petraeus was eliminated for the job after comments he made in the Munich Security Conference. Harward denied Trump’s request to be Flynn’s replacement even after the two had a conference. On February 20, H.R McMaster accepted the position as National Security Advisor.

After interviewing multiple candidates for the job, Trump is assured that McMaster will advance the security of the United States. Both Republicans and Democrats have demanded an investigation on the issue, however there are no answers found so far.

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