President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE considered restoring former national security adviser Michael Flynn to his White House role after his resignation in February and still praises the former aide, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Flynn was forced to resign less than a month after stepping into the senior White House role amid revelations that he misled Vice President Pence and other administration officials about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Trump, according to the Post, has seemed to regret the decision to oust Flynn, in spite of mounting controversies surrounding the former adviser.
Trump has spoken fondly of Flynn, even after his ouster, saying in private that the retired lieutenant general "served the country well" and complaining that he has been treated unfairly by the news media, according to the Post.
Those comments echo Trump's comments shortly after Flynn left the White House, when he told reporters that Flynn was a "wonderful man" and that "it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly" by the media.
Flynn has emerged as a central figure in the special counsel and congressional investigations into Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
He came under fire early on in Trump's administration after reports surfaced that had discussed sanctions with Kislyak in the month before Trump took office and may have been vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
Even after his resignation, Flynn has continued to face scrutiny, including for lobbying work that may have benefitted the Turkish government.
He offered in March to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the condition that he be granted immunity from prosecution. The panel ultimately rejected that request.