Thursday, March 9, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He admitted that he was unaware that Michael Flynn had been acting as an unregistered agent of the Turkish government. 

Flynn, who was forced to resign as Trump's national security advisor for concealing his contacts with the Russian government, retroactively registered as a lobbyist for a foreign power on Tuesday for work he had done during the campaign season. Flynn was one of the Trump campaign's principal foreign policy advisors. Failure to register with the Justice Department is a felony, but is rarely prosecuted. 

Trump's press secretary confirmed today that Flynn's undeclared status meant that Trump was unaware of his relationship with the Erdogan regime in Turkey. 

Who cares?

  • It's bad if a president's most senior advisors are concealing their loyalties from him.
  • A president who demands "extreme vetting" of legal refugee immigrants should probably apply a similar standard to his senior staff.