Michael Flynn's resignation letter over controversial Russian contact in full

Former army general admits giving 'incomplete information' about discussions

Harriet Agerholm@HarrietAgerholm
Tuesday 14 February 2017 11:39
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Michael Flynn says discussion with Russian official were intended to help 'smooth transition'
Michael Flynn says discussion with Russian official were intended to help 'smooth transition'

Days of speculation about the fate of Donald Trump's newly appointed security adviser have ended with him stepping down, making him the shortest holder of the office ever.

It was revealed that retired army general Michael Flynn had discussed American sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the US before Mr Trump entered office. He was said to have misled the Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Announcing his resignation, Mr Flynn said he had given Mr Price "incomplete information" about the discussions.

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It is the second time in three years that Mr Flynn has been in disagreement with a US president — he was fired under the President Barack Obama's leadership in 2014 for insubordination.

As the most recent scandal erupted, Mr Flynn said he would "step away" from his job of his own accord. Here is his resignation letter in full:

"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."

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