The President of the United States Donald trump commented about the fact that his national security Advisor, Michael Flynn privately discussed anti-Russian sanctions, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak. He stated this on Friday, February 10, the Associated Press reports.
According to the head of state, he does not have these data and promised to consider the contacts of your assistant with the Russian Ambassador.
White house spokesman Sean Spicer, in turn, said that trump is “full trust” of Flynn.
On 9 February, the Washington Post reported that Flynn in December 2016 discussed with the dubious anti-Russian sanctions. Advisor trump tried to persuade Russia “not to overreact” in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the outgoing President Barack Obama. However, he made it clear that after the inauguration of the trump Moscow and Washington will be able to discuss the revision of restrictions.
On 8 February, in an interview, Flynn said that he had not discussed with the Russian Ambassador to anti-Russian sanctions. At the same time the next day, as the newspaper notes, the press Secretary adviser to trump, said that Flynn “did not remember, did you discuss restrictive measures, but cannot be sure that this subject never came up.”
25 Jan broadcaster NBC, citing sources reported that the FBI wiretap of the Russian Ambassador and adviser to trump, but not found in the content of “anything untoward”. Official Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that this information did not surprise Moscow.
Earlier in January it became known that Flynn and Kislyak five times and talked on the phone 29 Dec — the day of the introduction of new anti-Russian sanctions by the administration of Barack Obama, who was then President of the United States. Then the U.S. authorities took the decision within 72 hours 35 to expel Russian diplomats, as well as close access to two objects used by them. The White house claim that such measures were “a response to harassment of American diplomats in Moscow from the Russian authorities.”
In addition, Obama has imposed sanctions against the FSB, the GRU, other organizations and six individuals, citing the cyber attacks on the electoral system of the United States from Russia.
Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in the electoral campaign in the United States. In the Kremlin these charges are consistently rejected.