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Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Mike Flynn: Officials

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     White House press secretary Sean Spicer dismissed questions on the White House's role in vetting potential cabinet members after it was revealed that Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump's pick for National Security Advisor, needed to register with the government as a foreign agent.

    (Published Friday, March 10, 2017)

    Former President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News.

    The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office.

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Obama made it clear to Trump that he “wasn’t exactly a fan” of Flynn. Spicer said that if Obama “was seriously concerned” about Flynn, he should have withheld Flynn’s security clearance.

    The revelation comes on a day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is expected to testify that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

    Pentagon Probes Flynn Payments

    [NATL] Pentagon Probes Flynn Payments

    Michael Flynn, President Trump's former National Security Advisor, is being investigated by the Defense Department to determine whether he failed to get permission to receive payments from a foreign government.

    (Published Thursday, April 27, 2017)