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00:00:01
>> Chaos in Washington as National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, headed for the exit. Raising questions about President Donald Trump's ability to take on a number of threats worldwide, from North Korea, to China, to Russia. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. Joining me is Warren Strobel, national security reporter. Warren, can you tell us what this tells us about how the Trump White House functions, and what things are like inside there?
00:00:28
>> I think it tells us more about how the Trump White House doesn't function. I mean, we are on week four of the Trump presidency, and the President has been unable to sort of get in a groove, and get his policies out, and get his message out. Every day, there's a new interruption, and this is a major interruption.
00:00:44
It's really unprecedented for a national security advisor to leave office after less than a month.>> 24 days.>> 24 days, that' a record. We are told that Retired General Flynn leaves behind him a lot of chaos in the White House and the National Security Council structure, that whoever takes over from him is going to have to come in and straighten out real quick.
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And I guess the last point I'd make is, they've been tested a little bit. There was, over the weekend, a North Korean missile launch which was a test. But they haven't had a major league crisis yet. And when that hits, they'd better have their act together, and they don't so far.
00:01:18
>> And Flynn was asked to, because of his conversations with Russia, specifically talking to the Russian Embassy about the possibility of lifting sanctions before he even took office. And then misleading Vice President Mike Pence and others about it. This is, obviously, really bad. You wanna be telling the truth to the people you work for, and hopefully the American people as well.
00:01:40
But this isn't the only question surrounding Russia, right?>> Right, right. I mean, let's unpack this a little bit we could. I mean, first of all, Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador. We know that the subject of sanctions was mentioned. We don't know, honestly, whether he made some offer to lift sanctions or told them that Obama is putting on more sanctions, but don't worry about it.
00:01:59
When we get into office, we'll take care of that. We don't know. All we do know is that he somehow misled or played down to Vice President Pence what he was talking about. And that, in a way, the coverup is almost worse than the offense here.>> So, in many respects, this leads to more questions than answers.
00:02:14
You've got the question of, once the Justice Department raised the red flag here and said this could leave Flynn open to blackmail. That message, evidently, was conveyed to the White House Counsel, Don McGahn. Why did he sit on that information? Did he tell anybody else? So this news is just breaking.
00:02:29
Check back and we will keep you updated on this situation.