How many of you are still puzzled by the decision President Trump made to make Michael Flynn resign?
The publicly announced reason was that Flynn mislead Vice President Pence about discussing sanctions with the US Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. Pence went out on the Sunday shows and said to the world that Flynn had not discussed sanctions on the phone call.
But this does not make any sense as President Trump himself said Flynn should have been talking to the ambassador and that even if sanctions came up in the conversation there was nothing wrong with that at all.
So why did Trump fire Flynn? Apparently, at a time when Trump himself was talking about ‘Draining the Swamp’ in Washington DC and that anyone who worked for the Trump administration could never be a lobbyist for a foreign country Flynn was being paid large sums of money to represent the interests of the Turkish government.
Flynn’s lawyer Robert Kelner said Flynn shut down his firm last year, but decided to register because his work for Inovo BV “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.”
The new documents show Inovo wrote six-figure checks to Flynn’s firm in September and October as he served as a top national security aide on Trump’s campaign. The final payment of $145,000 came on Nov. 14, 2016, just days after Trump captured the presidency. – Read More at USA Today
This makes much more sense that Trump would fire Flynn after learning of this instead of that he mislead Pence over something that did not even matter. Trump knew that when this information went public it would create a firestorm in the media especially with all their phony talk of Trump-Russia collusion. It was logical for Trump to take this action when he did.
Here at RightFace! we liked and supported Flynn. We still do! But perhaps Trump did not know what Flynn was doing with Turkey. Considering that he was actually doing something that Trump was totally against, lobbying for a foreign country he really had no choice but to let him go.
This logic may also explain why Trump fired Paul Manafort as his campaign manager. Manafort had known ties to the Russians and Trump may not have known that when he first hired him. Eric Trump even implied this when he commented on a news show, “I think my father didn’t want to be distracted by whatever things Paul was dealing with.”
Of course, this is just theory. Only Trump really knows why he let Flynn go.
Featured image of former National security adviser General Michael Flynn by Carlos Barria / Reuters