Trump told advisors ousting Flynn was mistake: report

President Trump has told aides and advisors that ousting former national security adviser Michael Flynn was a mistake, Politico reported Friday. 

Flynn resigned in February after misleading officials, including Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSenate confirms Christopher Waller to Fed board Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign Trump to award highest civilian honor to Lou Holtz on Thursday MORE, on contacts he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 campaign. 

Trump frequently defends Flynn to those around him, telling them in private that Flynn was a “good man,” the report said.


Trump has also reportedly told those around him that he wishes the investigation into Flynn would go away.

“A lot of people in the White House don’t want anything to do with Flynn,” a White House official told Politico. ”But Trump loves him. He thinks everyone is out to get him.”

Trump continues to defend Flynn despite reminders from White House counsel Don McGahn and others of the investigation into Flynn’s connections with Russia and his lobbying on behalf of foreign governments, according to the report, and Trump hasn’t been swayed by those stories or a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is also reportedly a defender of Flynn within the White House, and supported his hiring as national security adviser.

Former campaign officials told Politico that Trump and Flynn became close on the campaign trail as Flynn became one of the first prominent national security figures to endorse Trump. Trump’s continued defense of Flynn is based in part on a sense of loyalty.

“Think of it like a family that fights, not a group of politicals who throw each other under the bus,” an associate of Flynn reportedly said. “Flynn and the president have been through quite a lot together.”

Flynn and Trump are reportedly still in contact, with Trump recently telling him to “stay strong” amid a strong of controversies surrounding the general.

Flynn has come under intense scrutiny for his time working as a lobbyist for the government of Turkey. The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Trump transition team, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, knew about Flynn being under investigation for working as a foreign lobbyist during the campaign. 

McClatchy also reported Wednesday that Flynn delayed an ISIS attack plan that aligned with Turkey’s interests. 

- Updated at 5:43 p.m.