WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama warned then-President-elect Donald Trump in November against hiring retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, former Obama administration officials said Monday.
Obama warned Trump about Flynn during their Oval Office meeting on Nov. 10, days after Trump was elected president.
Trump did not heed Obama’s counsel on Flynn, bringing aboard the former military intelligence officer who supported Trump during his campaign as his national security adviser.
Trump fired Flynn 24 days later when news broke of Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
News of the warning comes as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to testify before Congress on Monday about the concerns she expressed to Trump administration officials about Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials, namely with Kislyak.