Flynn Apologizes to Pence After Admitting he May Have Discussed Sanctions with Russia

The only thing that he did wrong in the Trump Administration’s eyes is allowing Pence to get caught in Flynn’s lies. I’ll be shocked if they get rid of Flynn no matter what the scandal. Spicer and Priebus will be gone before Flynn.

WASHINGTON — National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “has the full confidence of” President Trump, a top White House aide said Monday as speculation about Flynn’s future swirled after revelations he had potentially interfered with U.S. relations with Russia while still a private citizen.

White House aide Kellyanne Conway said that Flynn simply can’t recall whether he discussed the additional sanctions the United States placed on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak shortly after the sanctions were announced in the final days of the Obama administration.

Flynn has apologized to Vice President Pence on the telephone, said a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive personnel matter. Pence had emphatically denied to CBS News last month that Flynn had discussed “anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia.”

Conway and the White House official said Flynn now says he may have discussed sanctions, but cannot be 100% certain.

Update:
This must be really bad. Flynn just resigned.

WTF is Going on in Mar-A-Lago

From CNN:

(CNN) The iceberg wedge salads, dripping with blue cheese dressing, had just been served on the terrace of Mar-a-Lago Saturday when the call to President Donald Trump came in: North Korea had launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, its first challenge to international rules since Trump was sworn in three weeks ago.

The launch, which wasn’t expected, presented Trump with one of the first breaking national security incidents of his presidency. It also noisily disrupted what was meant to be an easygoing weekend of high-level male bonding with the more sobering aspects of global diplomacy.

Sitting alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with whom he’d spent most of the day golfing, Trump took the call on a mobile phone at his table, which was set squarely in the middle of the private club’s dining area.

As Mar-a-Lago’s wealthy members looked on from their tables, and with a keyboard player crooning in the background, Trump and Abe’s evening meal quickly morphed into a strategy session, the decision-making on full view to fellow diners, who described it in detail to CNN.

So Trump and his merry men are dealing with National Security issues in the middle of his club. Do they sweep Mar-A-Lago for bugs? Do the staff and paying guests have security clearances? Oh, what difference does it make at this point, any information Putin wants he probably just has to wave the pee pee tape and Trump will tell.

Is this illegal to be dealing with matters of national security in front of anybody who is willing to pay $200,000 dollars for a membership at Trump’s Neverland?

Apparently, being a member of Mar-A-Lago doesn’t just give you the National Security floorshow but photo-ops with the guy carrying the football (aka, the briefcase full of nuclear launch codes):

Then there’s the NY times article titled Turmoil at the National Security Council, From the Top Down

WASHINGTON — These are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world.

Three weeks into the Trump administration, council staff members get up in the morning, read President Trump’s Twitter posts and struggle to make policy to fit them. Most are kept in the dark about what Mr. Trump tells foreign leaders in his phone calls. Some staff members have turned to encrypted communications to talk with their colleagues, after hearing that Mr. Trump’s top advisers are considering an “insider threat” program that could result in monitoring cellphones and emails for leaks.

The national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, has hunkered down since investigators began looking into what, exactly, he told the Russian ambassador to the United States about the lifting of sanctions imposed in the last days of the Obama administration, and whether he misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations. His survival in the job may hang in the balance.

But it’s a good thing we didn’t elect Hillary because her emails something something.

NY Times: GOP is Fine with Trump’s Antics Because They Can Push Through Their Agenda

Yeah, we all pretty much figured this out after Trump got elected and they all tumbled over themselves to support him. They will start to distance themselves quickly as the midterms start approaching and if their polling numbers start to drop like a rock. But until then, Trump can act like a megalomaniac without much friction from the GOP:

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional aides have set their iPhones to flutter every time President Trump hurls a thunderbolt on Twitter. Senators nod politely at his false claims of mass voter fraud during private White House meetings. The congressional morning briefing literature now includes a rundown of overnight and early-morning social media missives from the commander in chief.

“It doesn’t take that long to read ’em,” said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee.

After three weeks in the White House, Mr. Trump has made clear that he is going to continue promulgating conspiracy theories, flinging personal insults and saying things that are plainly untrue. And the Republican-controlled House and Senate seem to have made a collective decision: They will accommodate — not confront — his conduct as long as he signs their long-stalled conservative proposals on taxes, regulations and health care into law.

“There’s a widely held view among our members that, yes, he’s going to say things on a daily basis that we’re not going to like,” said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Senate Republican, “but that the broad legislative agenda and goals that we have — if we can stay focused on those and try and get that stuff enacted — those would be big wins.”