“Wonderful” and “fine” are among the adjectives President Donald Trump has used to describe his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump has also defended Flynn as someone who “was just doing his job,” despite his asking for Flynn’s resignation earlier this year.
Trump’s public comments about Flynn have been overwhelmingly positive, even sometimes protective.
Just this morning, Trump said he feels “badly” for Flynn, who he said has “led a very strong life.”
Here are Trump’s public comments about the retired Army lieutenant general since his departure from the administration Feb. 13, when Flynn resigned at the president’s urging, writing in a letter that he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador.”
Feb. 15 — White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
“Michael Flynn, General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. And I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly,” Trump said.
“I think it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated, and the documents and papers that were illegally — I stress that — illegally leaked. Very, very unfair,” he said.
Feb. 16 — White House news conference
Trump was directly asked whether he fired Flynn.
“Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation. He respectfully gave it. He is a man who — there was a certain amount of information given to Vice President Pence, who is with us today, and I was not happy with the way that information was given,” Trump said.
“The first thing I thought of when I heard about it [Flynn’s call with the Russians during the transition] is, how does the press get this information that’s classified? How do they do it? You know why? Because it’s an illegal process, and the press should be ashamed of themselves. But, more importantly, the people that gave out the information to the press should be ashamed of themselves. Really…