Washington, February 14: The national security Adviser of United States Michael Flynn on Monday resigned after the revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
In his resignation from the post of US NSA Michael Flynn said he sincerely apologised to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Spence and he added that they had accepted his apology.
Flynn further in the resignation letter said that he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition and gave "incomplete information" about those discussions to vice-president Mike Pence. The vice-president, apparently relying on information from Flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded the issue may have come up.
Flynn's departure was a sobering development in Trump's young presidency, a 24-day period during which his White House has been repeatedly distracted by miscues and internal dramas. The departure could slow Trump's bid to warm up relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flynn submitted his resignation hours after Trump, through a spokesman, pointedly declined to publicly back him, saying he was reviewing the situation and talking to Pence.
Notably, Flynn's resignation came hours after it was reported that the Justice Department of US has warned the White House weeks ago that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took power on Jan. 20.
Meanwhile, President Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser. Kellogg had previously been appointed the National Security Council chief of staff and advised Trump on national security issues during the campaign.