President Donald Trump knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's conversation with a Russian ambassador long before Flynn's eventual resignation over the incident, according to reports.
Although the FBI concluded Flynn did nothing illegal, his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. came under scrutiny via an investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia. And Fox News reported that Trump was briefed about the conversation soon after he was sworn into office, but apparently didn't inform Vice President Mike Pence, who stated publicly on several talk shows that the administration hadn't had contact with Russia.
Pence was reportedly angry about the embarrassment.
During a press conference, Trump admitted that he didn't believe Flynn did anything objectionable by speaking to Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Flynn "was doing his job. He was calling countries," Trump said, according to NBC News. "I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him if he didn't do it."
"I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence," Trump explained.
"The level of trust between the President and Gen. Flynn had eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change," said White House spokesperson Sean Spicer, according to CNN. "The President was very concerned that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others."