Source says Situation Surrounding Michael Flynn is ‘Fluid’ After Conflicting Messages from White House

The situation around embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn remains “fluid” Monday night, according to a source with knowledge.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying President Donald Trump is “evaluating the situation” around Flynn, who is in hot water after possibly misleading Vice President Mike Pence.

The issue stems from whether Flynn discussed sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office and then misled Pence about it. It created a turbulent 72 hours for the White House, leading to questions about Flynn’s future after only three weeks.

“The President is evaluating the situation,” Spicer’s statement said. “He’s speaking to the vice president relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn, and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: our national security.”

The noncommittal statement came shortly after Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to the President, told reporters that Trump has “full confidence” in Flynn.

“Gen. Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the President,” Conway said on MSNBC. She later declined to detail how much the President knew about the issue and when he knew it, deeming those conversation private.

Many inside the Trump administration are concerned with the fact that the national security adviser could have misled senior members of the White House, including Pence, who went on television and denied that Flynn spoke about sanctions with Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to Washington.

Trump, who particularly hates when aides generate negative press, has expressed displeasure with Flynn to aides in recent days, said a source close to the President. Trump and his team are particularly bothered by the possibility that Flynn misrepresented his conversations to Pence.

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SOURCE: Jim Acosta, Sara Murray and Dan Merica
CNN