Friday 18 August 2017

Embattled Trump aide Michael Flynn apologises over Russia controversy

National security adviser General Michael Flynn (Image: REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo)
National security adviser General Michael Flynn (Image: REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo)

Julie Pace

White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has apologised to vice president Mike Pence for the controversy surrounding his discussions with the Russian ambassador to the US, an administration official said.

Mr Pence said in televised interviews that Mr Flynn had not discussed sanctions during his pre-inauguration talks with Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak.

Mr Flynn has since told the White House that sanctions might have come up. Administration officials said Mr Pence had been relying on information from Mr Flynn.

His fate as one of President Donald Trump's senior aides appeared uncertain after senior White House officials sidestepped repeated chances to publicly defend him.

The president, who spent the weekend at his private club in Florida, has yet to comment on Mr Flynn's status.

He has told associates he is troubled by the situation, but he has not said whether he plans to ask Mr Flynn to step down, according to a source.

However, Kellyanne Conway has spoken out and said Mr Flynn enjoys the "full confidence" of President Donald Trump.

"Gen. Flynn has the full confidence of the president," the White House counselor told reporters.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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