Russia Today tweets about Flynn ‘retirement’

Russia Today tweets about Flynn ‘retirement’
© Greg Nash

Russia Today, Russia’s state broadcaster, drew attention online Monday night after it tweeted that national security adviser Michael Flynn had “retired.” 

Flynn resigned late Monday following reports that he misled senior White House officials about his conversations with Russia.

The embattled Flynn blamed his resignation on the “fast pace of events” that led him to “inadvertently” give Vice President Pence and others “incomplete information” about his phone conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

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Pence had defended Flynn's contacts with Russia, and when it became clear the national security adviser had not been forthcoming, serious questions were raised about his ability to keep his job.

Social media users focused on the Russia Today phrasing, as it reported the resignation as a retirement.