President Trump said Saturday he had to fire Michael Flynn as national security adviser because he lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI, an apparent shift from the reasons Trump stated at the time of Flynn’s ouster.
“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” Trump tweeted while traveling in New York City for fundraising events.
“It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!” he added.
Trump in February said he axed Flynn because he lied to the vice president — but did not mention anything related to what the national security adviser told the FBI.
“I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence. Very simple,” Trump said at a Feb. 16 news conference, three days after Flynn was fired. Read more at The Hill.