The White House needs to clear the air on the nature of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's reported sanctions conversations with a Russia ambassador before President Donald Trump took the oath of office, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., said Sunday.
"You know Gen. Flynn has said up to this point that he had not said anything like that to the Russian ambassador," Christie told CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper. "I think now he's saying he doesn't remember whether he did or not. That's a conversation he's going to need to have with the president and vice president to clear that up so that the White House can make sure they're completely accurate about what went on."
Christie reiterated it would have been wrong for Gen. Flynn to have had the reported conversations about sanctions with Russian officials while President Barack Obama was in the White House.
"I've always been a person who believed that you have one president at a time, and that's the way things should be done," Christie added to Tapper.
Tapper pressed Christie, a former Trump campaign aide who was fired after the election, about what the consequences should be "if Gen. Flynn lied to the vice president?"
"Well, that would be up to the vice president and the president," Christie responded. "And so I'm sure there'll be conversations between the vice president, the president, and Gen. Flynn to make sure that everybody gets the accurate story on this matter — that it's cleared up.
"I think that's the obligation of Gen. Flynn as national security adviser to have those type of conversations with the president and vice president, and they'll act as they see fit, given all the circumstances."
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