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Scott Taylor: Trump, Intel Community Need to Get on Same Page

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By    |   Monday, 13 Feb 2017 12:08 PM

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., said President Donald Trump and the intelligence officials "need to get on the same page very quickly" as concerns grow about national security adviser Michel Flynn.

Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, made his comments on CNN's "New Day."

"There's some rift between some folks in the intelligence community, some of the political appointees that are from the last administration, of course, and then perhaps people that agree with them that are in there," he said.

"It's important for the president to have confidence in the top leadership of the intelligence community as well, too. It's important for our nation. It's important for the national security of this country. So I think they need to get on the same page very quickly if they're not on the same page now."

Politico reported his comments came as criticism of Flynn increased "for reportedly discussing a reprieve from American sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. before Trump was sworn into the office."

Flynn had been asked by a reporter if he had discussed the sanctions. He insisted he had not, but later backed away from the denial. A Flynn spokesman said he did not recall discussing any sanctions, but could not be certain the topic was not raised.

Taylor said he had no new information regarding Flynn's situation.

"Certainly some of it is concerning," he said. "The president will have to decide whether he continues to have confidence in Gen. Flynn or not," Taylor said.

The Washington Post reported Flynn's position has "weakened and support for him has eroded."

"The knives are out for Flynn," one administration official told the Post.

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