Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a joint press conference Monday in Belgium along with NATO Security General Jens Stoltenberg. The press conference was intended to stress the continued cooperation between the White House and NATO member nations. However, the press conference quickly shifted to a conversation about current White House controversies, including the resignation of former national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn.
Pence was asked by Associated Press reporter Ken Thomas about his feelings on the Flynn controversy, and whether he felt others in President Donald Trump's administration misled him. "Did you feel like you were misled by members of the Trump administration or were you frustrated that you were left out of the loop in this situation," Thomas asked, "And what assurances have you received from President Trump that something like this will not happen again?"
Pence paused thoughtfully many times throughout his answer, carefully sidestepping parts of the original question, and instead told Thomas he was disappointed to find out Flynn misled him.
"Let me say I’m very grateful for the close working relationship I have with the President of the United States and I would tell you that I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate," Pence answered. "But we honor General Flynn's long service to the United States of America and I fully support the president's decision to ask for his resignation."
Flynn resigned from his post as national security advisor last Monday after news surfaced that he had purposely misled Pence about a conversation he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislak. Allegedly, the conversation was regarding former President Barack Obama's decision to place new sanctions on Russia in response to their involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election. The Department of Justice warned the White House in January that by doing this, Flynn had made himself vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.