WASHINGTON– House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump “made the right decision” in asking for National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation.
“You cannot have the national security adviser misleading the Vice President and others,” Ryan said during a press conference. “As soon as the person lost the Presidents’ trust, the president asked for his resignation and that was the right thing to do.”
The White House has not publicly indicated if Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation or if the retired general resigned on his own accord.
Flynn resigned from his position Monday night after conceding that he had “inadvertently briefed” Trump’s transition team, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence, on phone calls he held with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The then-incoming administration initially said that the phone conversations were not related to policy, but media reports claimed that Flynn and Kislyak discussed sanctions on Russia, a potential violation of the Logan Act’s prohibition on private citizens crafting foreign policy.
Ryan said Tuesday that he understands why an administration would want to have better relations with Russia, saying that it was something attempted by both the Bush and Obama administrations.
He said that he would leave it to the administration, however, to describe the circumstances behind the call.
Ryan noted that the intelligence community has been investigating the phone calls.
The White House announced Monday night that Trump has appointed Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as acting National Security Advisor.