President Trump is “evaluating the situation” surrounding national security adviser Michael Flynn, his top spokesman said Monday.
“The president is evaluating the situation. He is speaking to Vice President Pence relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: our national security,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
He made the comment roughly an hour after senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Flynn has the “full confidence” of the president.
Minutes earlier, Trump declined to comment on Flynn to reporters. But he said his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, is doing “a great job.”
Flynn has been under fire after reports surfaced that he had spoken with the Russian ambassador about sanctions before Trump took office.
He and other officials, including Pence, had denied that such conversations had ever taken place. A spokesman for Flynn later told The Washington Post that “while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”
Flynn has also reportedly apologized to Pence.