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Russian links: White House refrains from backing Flynn

Feb 13, 2017, 5:47 AM EST
U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn
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A top White House official, Stephen Miller, refused to back national security adviser Michael Flynn over allegations that he spoke to a Russian envoy about relieving U.S. sanctions on Moscow in the weeks before President Donald Trump came to power. After an initial denial of any such discussion with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, Flynn subsequently backtracked, with his spokesperson telling the reporters that the adviser “couldn’t be certain.”

Responding to the question whether Trump still supports Flynn, Miller said, “That's a question for the president,” writes the BBC. The controversy unfolds at a time when the Trump regime faces his first national security challenge in the aftermath of N. Korea’s ballistic missile test on Sunday.

Flynn, a close aide of Trump, has had long-held links with the Kremlin and was “acrimoniously” booted out of the intelligence agencies during the Obama regime, notes The Guardian