Trump's national security adviser resigns

Trump's national security adviser resignsU.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned late Monday over allegations he discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office.

Flynn has misled officials about his call with Russia's ambassador before his own appointment. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct U.S. diplomacy.

U.S. reports earlier said the White House had been warned about the contacts last month and was told Flynn may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

Flynn's departure less than one month into the Trump administration marks an extraordinarily early shakeup in the president's senior team of advisers. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, but his ties to Russia caused concern among other senior aides.

Following the resignation, 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.

Flynn served as an advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign and was highly critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

In his letter of resignation Flynn said he had "inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador" late last year.

The retired U.S. Army three-star general, Flynn was assistant director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, but was fired in 2014. In Flynn's book, "The Field of Fight," Flynn claimed he was fired for speaking out against policies of the Obama administration, but others claim Flynn was pushed out because of his combative management style.
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