President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, has resigned as national security adviser over his contact with Russian officials before the US president took office.
His resignation on Tuesday, February 14, comes amid allegations that the retired three-star general discussed US sanctions strategy with Russia’s ambassador Sergey Kislyak before taking office, Aljazeera reports.
Flynn, who once headed US military intelligence, insisted he was honoured to have served the American people.
“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,” Flynn wrote in his official resignation letter.
“I am tendering my resignation, 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,” he added.
Retired General Keith Kellogg, who has been chief of staff of the White House National Security Council, was named the acting national security adviser while Trump determines who should fill the position.
Flynn’s resignation so early in an American administration is unprecedented, and comes after details of his calls with the Russian diplomat were made public.
This as expected upped the pressure on Trump to take action.
Until now, Flynn had been a top player in Trump’s inner circle. He was an early supporter of Trump’s improbable bid for the presidency.