Former President, Barack Obama warned President Donald J. Trump against hiring disgraced Michael T. Flynn .
Obama told him not to include Flynn as part of national security when he met with Trump in the Oval Office, some days after the November election. Some officers from Obama administration said.
Flynn was fired as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency early this year, after it was confirmed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his dealing with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Obama was worried about Flynn when NBC News reported his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak.
The revelation on warning came after Sally Yates, former acting attorney general, raised her own concerns about Flynn and his connection with the Russians.
Trump has blamed Obama: “General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration — but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that,” Mr. Trump and added: “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.” An early version of the message misspelled “counsel.”
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, sought to cast doubt on Obama’s warning about Flynn, “If President Obama was truly concerned about General Flynn, why didn’t they suspend his security clearance, which they approved just months earlier?” Mr. Spicer said during his daily press briefing.
“Not only did they reaffirm it, but they took no steps to suspend it,” Mr. Spicer said. He said that decision casts doubt on how vigorous Mr. Obama’s warning to Mr. Trump was during their meeting in November.