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Mar 24 2017
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Carla Flynn

Just checked our work experience diary @George_Osborne, we've got space next Thursday? It's a 24/7 job. It's not a nine to five. Journalists just can't possibly work those hours. News breaks at any time and you have to be ready to react. It's a pretty full-on job. Judging by the feedback there is shock and confusion about how he will manage two demanding roles. Being an MP is a full-time job and certainly being a newspaper editor is. People don't know how he will pay enough attention to Tatton's needs.

Elijah Cummings

I am writing to request information about whether Gen. Flynn fully disclosed– as part of the security clearance and vetting process for his return to government– his communications with Russian agents, Turkish agents and other foreign agents, as well as his payments from foreign sources. Flynn "violated the Constitution by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from an agent of a global adversary that attacked our democracy.

Devin Nunes

No, I don't. I have great confidence in Mike Flynn. He's probably the best intelligence officer of his generation. And Neil, he's being attacked maliciously by the press, which is not uncommon in this town. I would find that hard to believe because they were so busy, and I think these conversations were all very short. The president is a neophyte to politics.

Devin Nunes

He's been doing this a little over a year. And I think a lot of the things that he says, you guys sometimes take literally. Sometimes he doesn't have 27 lawyers and staff looking at what he does – which is, I think, at times refreshing and at times can also lead us to have to be sitting at a press conference like this, answering questions that you guys are asking. But at the end of the day, I think tweets are a very transparent way for a politician of any rank to communicate with their constituents. So I don't think we should attack the president for tweeting.

Sean Spicer

I don't believe that that was known. I would refer you to General Flynn and to the Department of Justice in terms of the filings that have been made. I don't know. That's a hypothetical that I'm not prepared to ask. I don't know what he discussed prior to be appointed in terms of his background, his resume, his client base. I don't know any of that. I know that, from what I have read, he has filed the appropriate forms with the Department of Justice.

Phil Tracey

The men and women from OutVets, who have bravely served our country, deserve our respect and to be included. As a result of the organizer's decision, our South Boston store will no longer sponsor the parade.

Trevor Noah

No matter how hard the Trump administration tries, Russia keeps coming back. I'd say that Russia is Trump's herpes. Every time we dig deeper into Trump's campaign, it seems like there's a new person that's connected to the Russians. First it was Paul Manafort, then it was Flynn, the whole thing is like one of those Russian nesting dolls… Now it's Sessions. He lied under oath, while interviewing to be the guy who prosecutes people for lying under oath.

Joe Manchin

I voted for him because I did trust him, absolutely. And I've said, point blank, when it came out about the Mike Flynn investigation, I called Jeff and said, Jeff, you should recuse yourself – get the heck out of the way!' And he said he would take the matter into consideration. And I said, you better do more than take it under consideration – you should do it.

Jill Abramson

Were this a Clinton scandal, Sessions would insist a special counsel look into things. He, and the president, should expect nothing less themselves. The question was never whether he should recuse himself. The answer to that was always obvious. The question now is whether he perjured himself.

Jeff Sessions

If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn't have – did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it.

Elijah Cummings

It is inconceivable that even after Michael Flynn was fired for concealing his conversations with the Russians that Attorney General Sessions would keep his own conversations secret for several more weeks. When Senator Sessions testified under oath that 'I did not have communications with the Russians,' his statement was demonstrably false, yet he let it stand for weeks. ... Attorney General Sessions should resign immediately.

Gillian Archer

I think you could have softened it. Nobody likes a double chin.

Darrell Issa

You're right that you cannot have somebody, a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions who was on the campaign and who is an appointee. You're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office.

Mandela Barnes

You look at what has been happening and it's very clear. In certain neighborhoods if you're a black man walking around with a backpack he's probably going to get stopped. That might seem like a good idea in a high-crime neighborhood but when you dig deeper it's a huge problem that has persisted for a very long time.

Edward Flynn

We've gotta get beyond the fingerpointing that does nothing except depolice at-risk communities. that's not anybody's goal. There's a better way to do that than lawsuits.

Michael Cohen

I acknowledge that the brief meeting took place, but emphatically deny discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn. I didn't see Gen. Flynn while I was at the White House, and I didn't spend two seconds talking about this, not even one second. I've known Felix for years. I received a phone call: 'Hey Mike, you have a few minutes? Can I meet you for coffee? You mind if I bring a friend?' Little did I know it would be a guy who wants to run for president of Ukraine.

Mike Pence

The president and I both strongly support a free and independent press but you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts.

Mike Pence

I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate.

David Lammy

We didn't do this for Kennedy. We didn't do this for Truman. We didn't do this for Reagan. But for this man, after seven days, we say 'Please come and we will lay on everything because we are so desperate for your company?'... I am ashamed that it has come to this.

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

It was our legal counsel who got a heads up from Sally Yates that something wasn't adding up with his story. I have talked to General Flynn. None of that came up. The subject matter of sanctions or the actions taken by the Obama did not come up in the conversation. We don't know of any contacts with Russian agents.

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

That's a different issue for the F.B.I. to answer. I mean, I'm just not in a position to answer it. Certainly we've talked about that issue with leadership at the F.B.I. But I'm not in a position to talk about that with you. But listen, we've talked about this. I think we've laid it out very clearly. And now it's up to the D.O.J. and the F.B.I. to take it any further, if that's what they do.

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

But then we started thinking about whether or not Michael Flynn was being straight with us. And that's when we started asking a lot of questions and sort of deposing Michael Flynn and figuring out what he knew or what he didn't know.

Condoleezza Rice

I was the National Security Adviser on 9/11. The day after 9/11, we closed our borders and thought that we were more secure. That turned out to be a mistake.

Donald J. Trump

Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it. America is going to start winning again, winning like never ever before. We're not going to let our country be taken advantage of anymore in any way, shape or form.

Paul Ryan

What I do worry about, though, is if classified information is being leaked. That is criminal.

Nancy Pelosi

They are stonewalling this. The speaker is saying it's up to the Intelligence Committee – the chairman of the Intelligence Committee is saying don't look at me, I'm not doing any of this. the American people deserve better.

John McCain

I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they've got a lot of work to do. The president, I think, makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself. So we've learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says.

Kevin Felty

Largely because it was so unorthodox. It was hyper adversarial between the president and the press. And yet he was able to control the questioning and the tone and the mood in the room. There was nothing illegal that General Flynn had done at that time. What he did do is make a mistake in not being accurate with the vice president. He doesn't need the media to chide him to make the right decisions. It's something he's been doing well for decades.

Ari Fleischer

Presidents lose advisers, presidents lose Cabinet picks. The key is to trust your personnel and trust your institutions to get through it.

Roger Stone

I think that in the newest administration you should hire as many experienced capable people who are supporters of yours and who are loyal to Donald Trump from the beginning. ''The leaking that is coming out of the White House is a manifestation of the fact that there are some people who are not loyal to the president.

John McCain

It's dysfunctional, as far as national security is concerned. Who's in charge? Who's making policy? Who's making decisions? I don't know of anyone outside of the White House that knows. Where's the involvement of Congress on other things?

Art Hogan

The market seems to want to focus on what could be the positives. If we get a pro-growth agenda and move forward, the market is (focusing on) that a whole lot more than the market's worried about a constitutional crisis in the Mike Flynn fiasco.

Jim Cramer

We can't shoehorn what is going on with Flynn with what is going on with Cisco's price-to-earnings multiple.

Donald J. Trump

This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. Russia is fake news. This is fake news put out by the media.

Donald J. Trump

I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him if he didn't do it. The leaks are real. The news is fake.

Donald J. Trump

"People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton,". "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.".

Richard L. Trumka - AFL-CIO

Working people changed the game on this nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta's nomination deserves serious consideration. In one day, we've gone from a fast-food CEO who routinely violates labor law to a public servant with experience enforcing it. . . . We will judge this nominee by the commitment he shows to making life better for working people.

Stephen Vladeck

It's not, at the end of the day, the job of the intelligence community to regulate the White House - and it shouldn't be.

Stan Brand

The problem isn't what already has happened. It's what will happen now, as the Senate investigations ramp up.

Stan Brand

I don't see how Sessions could sustain the position of being in charge of this.

Chuck Schumer

There needs to be an independent and transparent investigation, because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the vice president and that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security, because it was subject to blackmail.

James Kudla - Dia

We thought it was prudent to take a pause on his access to classified information.

Mark Zaid

This is a preliminary preemptive action they take when something has come to their attention that requires further examination.

Scott Hiltgen

They're trying to make up a story that Trump worked with the Russians to rig the election. Now they're trying to make a big deal out of (former national security adviser) Mike Flynn. He was doing what he was supposed to do. He was talking to his counterparts. He was talking to the Russians. He got fired because he lied to (Vice President Mike) Pence. There's no story there. The left media is so excited. They think they took this guy down. No, he made a mistake. He just lied.

Roger Stone

I think it's healthier to have people in the administration who share the president's vision of where he wants to take the country.

Christopher S. Murphy

An independent, nonpartisan commission is the only way to really get to the bottom of this. Give it subpoena power and allow it to do what the Republicans have been explicit that the two existing intelligence committee investigations are not going to do.

Donald J. Trump

From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked – it's criminal action, criminal act, and it's been going on for a long time.

Donald J. Trump

I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media -- as I call it, the fake media in many case. And I think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media.

Paul Zemsky - Voya Investment Management

At this point investors don't believe it's going to be disruptive for the overall economy. There's a lot of noise coming out of Washington, and the issue with Flynn is potentially serious. But investors are a little bit numb to the tweets and static coming out of Washington and are focusing on the real economic numbers, which are probably more accurate than all of the noise and all of the partisan positioning.

Mark Feldstein

"Where do you stop?". "Conway isn't the only member of the administration who has a truth-telling problem. It starts at the very top. Can you stop putting Donald Trump on the air if what he says is false? You can't. He's the president of the United States.".

Donald J. Trump

I'm looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I think in addition to that from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked, it's criminal action. It's a criminal act and it's been going on for a long time before me but now it's really going on. People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton. 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.

Donald J. Trump

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.

Roy Blunt

I think sooner is better than later. And I think we can be a long way down the road in 90 days.

John McCain

Something like this always sucks the oxygen out of the room. The president's national security adviser did not tell the vice president of the United States the truth and had to be fired. It brings up a lot of questions and those questions need to be answered. Right now, without a national security adviser and everything else that's going on in the White House, it is dysfunctional on national security.

Donald J. Trump

Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia. [T]his Russian connection non-sense [sic] is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign. Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!

David Yang

Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19 to 24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable.

David Yang

It's critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.

Donald J. Trump

Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he has been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases. And I think it is really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think it is very, very unfair what has happened to Gen. Flynn. The way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally, I stress that, illegally leaked.

Chuck Schumer

Was General Flynn directed or authorised to do what he did? What was the extent of his conversations and contacts with Russia? Why did they act only when they were caught misleading the media?

Donald J. Trump

The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal with North Korea etc?

Hallie Jackson - National Broadcasting Company

NBC News is the first to report the vice president was in the dark until this past Thursday when media reports surfaced, indicating the now-former national security adviser may have talked sanctions in a call with the Russian ambassador.

Sean Spicer

The evolving, and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation. Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House Counsel of this situation, the White House counsel briefed the president and a small group of senior advisers. Absolutely not.

Bob Corker

I think there needs to be fulsome investigation on all angles relative to nefarious activities that were taking place with Russia, beginning in March but even going back before that time. An element of that should be that maybe General Flynn testifies in one of the hearings.

Michael Flynn

Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect (Mike Pence) and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador (Sergey Kislyak).

John Dickerson

Part of my job is allowing the administration to explain itself to people and not interrupt them so much they can't ever get their point of view across. They say what they believe, and then you interrogate them.

Mark Feldstein

Where do you stop? Conway isn't the only member of the administration who has a truth-telling problem. It starts at the very top. Can you stop putting Donald Trump on the air if what he says is false? You can't. He's the president of the United States.

Paul Manafort

I had no contact knowingly with Russian intelligence officials. I don't think it's possible I could have even inadvertently had discussions with Russian officials. It's not like they wear badges. The story is not true.

Michael Flynn

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.

Lindsey Graham

I think most Americans have a right to know whether or not this was a General Flynn rogue maneuver, or was he basically speaking for somebody else in the White House.

Paul Ryan

"You cannot have a national security adviser misleading the vice president and others,"

Adam Schiff

This isn't simply about a change in policy toward Russia, as the administration would like to portray. It's what's behind that change in policy. It's not just that an administration official was caught lying. It's that the national security adviser to the president was caught lying and on a matter of central importance. So this is big.

Devin Nunes

I'm just shocked that nobody's covering the real crime here. You have an American citizen who had his phone call recorded and then leaked to the media.

Sean Spicer

"There is nothing that the general did that was a violation of any sort. He was well within his duties to discuss issues of common concern between the two countries,". "We got to a point, not based on a legal issue, but based on a trust issue, where the level of trust between the president and General Flynn had eroded to the point we felt he had to make a change".

Sean Spicer

We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth. The president was very concerned that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others. The president must have complete and unwavering trust of the person in that position. The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of a series of other issues is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation. It is inappropriate for me to comment on those a this time. It is not an issue that has come up.

Nancy Pelosi

I'll say this, I didn't know until I heard from my colleague that the tweet of General Flynn today was 'scapegoat,' . Scapegoat. Do you know what a scapegoat is? That means, in a community where people want to absolve themselves of guilt, they get a goat, and they heap all of the ills onto the goat, and then they run the goat out of town. So the inference to be drawn from his statement is that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.

Michael Flynn

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 (Sergey Kislyak). I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.

Donald J. Trump

Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart! I haven't seen it. What report is that? I haven't seen that. I'll look into that.

Jason Chaffetz

That situation has taken care of itself – (the) Intel committee has looked at hacking issue previously.

Bob Corker

"There needs to be a full investigation on all angles relative to nefarious activities that were taking place with Russia beginning in March but even going back before that time,". "I don't know why that would be harmful.".

Michael Flynn

If I did, believe me, the FBI would be down my throat, my clearances would be pulled. There were no lines crossed. It wasn't about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out. It was basically, Look, I know this happened. We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, We're going to review sanctions,' or anything like that.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

And who's on the president's staff is who I will work with. 2014 was a watershed year. It was a year when many of our hopes for some kind of partnership with Russia were shown to be unavailing. We've got to adapt and make certain that the trans-Atlantic bond remains strong.

Nancy Pelosi

"I have a tweet, I'm going to make, I'm telling my staff right now – It's not scapegoat, its stonewall, and that's exactly what the Republicans in Congress are doing."

Elijah Cummings

Yes, sorry, to correct the record – just learned like many others that the Flynn tweet this morning was fake.

Elijah Cummings

Madam leader, just this morning, Flynn tweeted, and this is a quote, scapegoat,' end of quote. Scapegoat. He basically described himself as a scapegoat.

Kellyanne Conway

"That's one characterization,". "But the fact is that General Flynn continued in that position and was in the presidential daily briefings, was part of the leader calls as recently as [Monday] … and as time wore on, obviously the situation had become unsustainable.".

Marco Rubio

I can tell you that the Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting a bipartisan investigation, as we should, on Russian interference in our election and post-election, and we're going to go wherever the truth leads us.

John McCain

"It's dysfunctional as far as national security is concerned,". "Who is in charge? I don't know of anyone outside of the White House who knows.".

Leonid Slutsky

I don't rule out the possibility that Flynn would appear again in the administration at some point and all this situation is aimed at creating an impression among ordinary people and in the US political establishment that Russia is still a strategic opponent, to put it mildly.

Jim Cramer

Flynn is now part of the roadblock to getting it so we have corporate tax reform. ... Some people will sell stocks betting we're not going to get anything in 2017.

Sean Spicer

This was an act of trust – whether or not he misled the vice president was the issue and that was ultimately what led to the president asking for and accepting the resignation of Gen. Flynn.

Stephen Vladeck

The statue was written at a time when Congress thought it had the power to criminalize this kind of ill-conceived, but not illegal, speech. It's a fun game for commentators to play. It's a way of turning what looks like a really bad move into a potentially illegal one.

Sean Spicer

The level of trust between the President and Gen. Flynn had eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change. The president was very concerned that Gen. Flynn had misled the vice president and others. We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks trying to ascertain the truth. [Trump] must have complete and unwavering trust for someone in that position.

Jason Chaffetz

"The situation has taken care of itself". "Sounds like he did the right thing, he didn't want to be a distraction,". "And it was getting to be a distraction.".

Claire McCaskill

"The questions are so numerous and it's really hard to get past them and begin to look infrastructure or tax reform or even confirming a Supreme Court nominee,"

Lindsey Graham

The one-president-at-a-time policy I think has served the country well. The idea that (Flynn) did this on his own without any direction is a good question to ask.

John Cornyn

We have standing committees in the Senate that have all the appropriate clearances to do the investigations. We'll follow the investigation wherever it leads.

Marco Rubio

"I can tell you that the Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting a bipartisan investigation, as we should, on Russian interference on our election and post-election and we're going to go wherever the truth leads us."

Richard Burr

Washington, D.C. can be a rough town for honorable people, and Flynn – who has always been a soldier, not a politician – deserves America's gratitude and respect for dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security. I thank him for his many years of distinguished service.

John McCain

We need to look at the whole issue … our relationship with Russia and how certain things happened the way they did.

Nancy Pelosi

"The truth and consequences of the Russia connection: the American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia's financial, personal and political grip on President Trump and what that means for our national security,"

Devin Nunes

The President needs a National Security Advisor whom he can trust and I defer to him to decide who best fills that role.

Paul Ryan

You cannot have a national security adviser misleading the vice president and others. So I think the president was right to ask for his resignation. And I believe it was the right thing to do.

Jason Chaffetz

"Sounds like he did the right thing, he didn't want to be a distraction,". "And it was getting to be a distraction.".

John McCain

"General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the president suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections,"

Kellyanne Conway

"The situation became unsustainable.". "Misleading the vice president really was the key here.".

Kellyanne Conway

By night's end, Mike Flynn had decided it was best to resign. He knew he'd become a lightning rod, and he made that decision. As time wore on, obviously the situation became unsustainable. We're moving on.

Kellyanne Conway

No, not at all. Both were true. The president is very loyal. He's a very loyal person. And by night's end, Mike Flynn had decided it was best to resign. He knew he had become a lightning rod and he made that decision. That's one characterization. But the fact is that General Flynn continued in that position and was in the presidential daily briefings, was part of the leader calls as recently as [Monday] … and as time wore on, obviously the situation had become unsustainable. We're moving on.

Kellyanne Conway

That fact is what became unsustainable. I think misleading the vice president was really the key here.

Konstantin Kosachyov

Either Mr Trump has not gained the requisite independence and he is consequently being not unsuccessfully backed into a corner, or Russophobia has already infected the new administration also from top to bottom. Even that is perceived in Washington as a thought crime.

Sean Spicer

The president is evaluating the situation. I think general Flynn both during the transition and after, just as part of the job of national security advisor, is to speak with counterparts. No, absolutely not. No way.

Nancy Pelosi

I have a tweet, I'm going to make, I'm telling my staff right now - It's not scapegoat, its stonewall, and that's exactly what the Republicans in Congress are doing.

Derek Chollet

The key question is what is the connective tissue between the president and the actual policy. Every president reaches a point where they stop getting listened to. With Trump, it may happen sooner if there's a sense what he says isn't actually translated into policy.

Lydia Dennett

If a foreign entity is lobbying Congress on influencing U.S policy, they need to file under the foreign agent act.

Ian McCulloh

He was pushing for us to think out of the box and try to leverage technology better and innovate. A lot of people didn't like it because it was different.

John McCain

General Flynn's resignation is a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus. General Flynn's resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration's intentions toward Vladimir Putin's Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.

Kellyanne Conway

''The president is very loyal. He's a very loyal person,''. ''And by nighttime, Mike Flynn had decided it was best to resign. He knew he became a lightning rod, and he made that decision.''.

Jason Chaffetz

The situation has taken care of itself. Sounds like he did the right thing, he didn't want to be a distraction. And it was getting to be a distraction.

Philippe Reines

Dear Mike Flynn & Mike Flynn Jr., what goes around COMETS around. And given your pizza obsession….

Alexei Makarkin

This infatuation with Trump in Russia is over, and Flynn as a person who has contributed to this infatuation stopped being perceived as a figure who can have a real impact on the U.S. foreign policy. It has led to a realization that if Flynn wanted to promote better ties with Russia, he would not have the real chance to.

Claire McCaskill

The questions are so numerous and it's really hard to get past them and begin to look infrastructure or tax reform or even confirming a Supreme Court nominee.

Nancy Pelosi

The truth and consequences of the Russia connection: the American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia's financial, personal and political grip on President Trump and what that means for our national security. Flynn's resignation is a reflection of the poor judgment of President Trump and demands answers to the grave questions over the President's involvement. By what authority did Flynn act and to whom did he report?

Konstantin Kosachyov

Either Trump hasn't found the necessary independence and he's been driven into a corner ... or Russophobia has permeated the new administration from top to bottom.

Adam Schiff

The Trump administration has yet to be forthcoming about who was aware of Flynn's conversations with the ambassador and whether he was acting on the instructions of the president or any other officials, or with their knowledge.

Jill Stein

I didn't think it was appropriate for a presidential candidate to take money from a foreign government.

Kellyanne Conway

The key here is the misleading of the vice president and others – the incomplete information or the inability to completely recall what did or did not happen as reflected in his debriefing of particular phone calls. Remember, in the end, it was misleading the vice president that made the situation unsustainable. In this case, it is the misleading to the vice president and also the inability to remember, as General Flynn started to clarify his remarks and say, I can't remember. I can't recall.

Fyodor Lukyanov

There's nothing to influence yet, there are no relations as such. Our countries have relations shaped by the former administration which were awful, and Trump was going to change that. But who he is going to change it with - Flynn, or not him, (Secretary of State Rex) Tillerson - it is not clear right now.

Kaneo Ogino

People are just waiting for Yellen's testimony, and depending on what she says, the dollar could test the upside again.

Masashi Murata - Brown Brothers Harriman

Yellen does not need to say anything in detail. I think she'll be very cautious, so currencies might not move so much. She might suggest some possibility of the Fed hiking rates in March, but I think that risk is very small.

Kaneo Ogino

"People are just waiting for Yellen's testimony, and depending on what she says, the dollar could test the upside again,"

Kumiko Ishikawa

The news weighed on the dollar against the yen because it's a hard situation to understand, and also to understand what kind of broader fallout it will have.

Masashi Murata - Brown Brothers Harriman

"Yellen does not need to say anything in detail. I think she'll be very cautious, so currencies might not move so much,". "She might suggest some possibility of the Fed hiking rates in March, but I think that risk is very small,".

Michael Flynn

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 apologised to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology. I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.

Adam Schiff

If the allegations are true, (Flynn) has misled the country about something as serious as secret communications with the Russian Ambassador designed to undermine U.S. policy.

Kellyanne Conway

I won't reveal that. That's a conversation between the Vice President and him.

Kellyanne Conway

Yes, Gen. Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president.

Chris Christie

Gen. Flynn has said up to this point that he had not said anything like that to the Russian ambassador. I think now he's saying that he doesn't remember whether he did or not. So, that's a conversation he is going to need to have with the president and the vice president to clear that up, so that the White House can make sure that they are completely accurate about what went on.

Chris Christie

General Flynn has said up to this point that he had not said anything like that to the Russian ambassador. I think now he's saying that he doesn't remember whether he did or not. So, that's a conversation he is going to need to have with the president and the vice president to clear that up, so that the White House can make sure that they are completely accurate about what went on.

Chris Christie

''Gen. Flynn has said up to this point that he had not said anything like that to the Russian ambassador. I think now he's saying that he doesn't remember whether he did or not,''. ''So, that's a conversation he is going to need to have with the president and the vice president to clear that up, so that the White House can make sure that they are completely accurate about what went on.''.

Shinzo Abe

President Trump and I myself completely share the view that we are going to promote further cooperation between the two nations. And also we are going to further reinforce our alliance. I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.

Chris Christie

"Gen. Flynn has said up to this point that he had not said anything like that to the Russian ambassador. I think now he's saying that he doesn't remember whether he did or not,". "So, that's a conversation he is going to need to have with the president and the vice president to clear that up, so that the White House can make sure that they are completely accurate about what went on.".

Michael Flynn

The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over. This behaviour seems continuous despite the very favourable deal given to Iran by the Obama Administration. These sanctions target these behaviours.

Michael Flynn

The international community has been too tolerant of Iran's bad behavior. The ritual of convening a United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting and issuing a strong statement is not enough. The Trump administration will no longer tolerate Iran's provocations that threaten our interests. The days of turning a blind eye to Iran's hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over.

Donald J. Trump

Nothing is off the table' in dealing with Iran, a day after his national security adviser, Michael Flynn said he was putting Iran 'on notice.

Alex Vatanka

Iran right now is playing the Yemen card as part of a larger geopolitical rivalry with Saudi Arabia. That was not thought through carefully. This moment, with the missile, is actually an opportunity for the Trump administration to come out and say, We're not against the people, we're against the policies of the regime that happens to rule Iran today.

Alex Vatanka

The biggest asset for any U.S. president in putting pressure on the Iranian regime is the people of Iran.

Greg Priddy - Global Energy

I think there's still a lot of interest in the industry, but this reinforces our view that the [international oil companies] are going to be very cautious. I don't think you're going to see these move forward to binding contracts and development in the next year or so.

Michael Flynn

The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's maligned actions, including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration, as well as the United Nations, as being weak and ineffective. Instead of being thankful to the United States in these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Michael Flynn

Iran is now feeling emboldened. The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism and other violations of international norms. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama administration, as well as the United Nations – as being weak and ineffective.

Michael Flynn

Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Andy Lipow - Lipow Oil Associates

If the administration makes more and more statements that the Iranians consider to be provocative, the situation might turn into renewed sanctions on Iran or Iran acting in a manner that impacts the oil market in other ways.

Michael Flynn

These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened U.S. and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea. In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten U.S. friends and allies in the region.

Michael Flynn

The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama Administration, as well as the United Nations, as being weak and ineffective. Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Michael Flynn

Recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants, underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East. Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.

Michael Flynn

As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice. The Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms.

Michael Flynn

As of today we are officially putting Iran on notice. The Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions–including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk. President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama Administration, as well as the United Nations – as being weak and ineffective.

Michael Flynn

If there's an American strategic advantage, it is our values. We must protect our values at all costs.

Sarah Sanders

We have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation.

Donald J. Trump

Everything is under negotiation. Everything. The biggest problem we have is China is so horribly imbalanced in trade with us. It's so one-sided that if you brought it down even to fairness, just fairness…it's a tremendous amount of money.

John Earnest

You can imagine why these kinds of interactions may have taken place, why the incoming national security advisor may have the need to contact the representative of a foreign government based here in Washington D.C.. It depends on what they discussed…in terms of whether or not we would have significant objections about those conversations.

David Ignatius

What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions? The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about 'disputes' with the United States. Was its spirit violated? If the Trump team's contacts helped discourage the Russians from a counter-retaliation, maybe that's a good thing. But we ought to know the facts.

Vladimir Putin

If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.

Sean Spicer

The call centered around the logistics of setting up a call with the president of Russia and the president-elect after he was sworn in, and they exchanged logistical information on how to initiate and schedule that call. That was it, plain and simple.

Sean Spicer

There is no truth to this idea of restructuring the intelligence community infrastructure. All transition activities are for information gathering purposes and all discussions are tentative.

Sean Spicer

I think the president-elect is more sceptical of the conclusions that are drawn from the raw data rather than the intelligence in the raw data that's provided.

Sean Spicer

I think the president-elect is more sceptical of the conclusions that are drawn from the raw data rather than the intelligence in the raw data that's provided. There is no truth to this idea of restructuring the intelligence community infrastructure. All transition activities are for information gathering purposes and all discussions are tentative.

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