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Pence 'Fully Supported' Ouster of Flynn

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By    |   Monday, 20 Feb 2017 02:55 PM

Vice President Mike Pence said he "fully supported" Michael Flynn's removal as national security adviser.

Speaking in Brussels, Pence said: "I was disappointed to learn the fact that have been conveyed to me by Gen. Flynn were inaccurate."

His comments marked the first time he has spoken publicly about the Flynn incident, The Washington Post reported.

Pence favored Flynn's ouster after learning from The Washington Post that the intended national security adviser had been taped speaking to Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, about sanctions — before Donald Trump took office, according to the newspaper.

The conversation took place on the day then-President Barack Obama announced measures against Russia for what U.S. intelligence services say was the Kremlin's efforts to influence November's presidential race, the Post said.

Flynn had told Pence that he had not discussed the sanctions with Kislyak.

"I fully support the president's decision to ask for his resignation," Pence said. "It was the proper decision. It was handled properly and in a timely way.

And I have great confidence in the national security team of this administration going forward."

CNN reported Pence's comments came as he completed a trip to Europe, where he met with key U.S. allies. The news network said he sought to reassure the allies that Flynn's removal would not impact the administration's national security team."

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