A Daily Beast story out Thursday contained two juicy revelations: President Donald Trump had to convince a “reluctant” Michael Flynn to take the post of national security advisor, and now reportedly wants his old bud back in the White House.
The news comes as Yahoo reports Flynn is still in touch with the president, who continues to speak favorably about his former national security advisor. That’s in spite of Flynn’s growing legal troubles since resigning from his administration post in February amidst a controversy surrounding his foreign conflicts.
Now, the Daily Beast is reporting that Flynn was “reluctant” to take the job of national security advisor in the president’s administration, warning Trump that he was under active FBI investigation for his failure to disclose payments from foreign governments.
But according to friends of the retired Army general, Trump insisted he take the position, and Flynn, “reluctant but honored” by the offer, accepted.
What’s more, it appears Trump hopes Flynn will be able to rejoin his administration once his legal troubles subside:
Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI’s investigation in Flynn’s favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity—a scenario some of Trump’s closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen.
According to a White House staffer, Trump “clearly feels bad about” Flynn’s ouster, which makes sense given recent reports that the president asked former FBI director James Comey to close the Flynn investigation.
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