National security advisor Flynn resigns

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CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 18: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National […]

CBS-Washington, D.C.–National security adviser Michael Flynn offered his resignation on Monday night, senior White House sources told CBS News. 

Flynn said in his resignation letter that during the course of his duties as incoming national security advisor he held “numerous” phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers and ambassadors that were “to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships” between President Trump, his advisors and foreign leaders.

“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,” he said. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”

President Trump named retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as acting national security advisor following Flynn’s resignation, the White House said in a statement.

“General Kellogg is a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1967 to 2003, including two tours during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device, and the Air Medal with ‘V’ device,” the White House said. “He served as the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1997 to 1998. Prior to his retirement, General Kellogg was Director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

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