Trump: Flynn ‘Treated Very Unfairly’ by ‘Fake Media’

By Melanie Arter | February 15, 2017 | 3:42pm EST
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (AP Photo)

( - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was treated unfairly by the media, calling them “fake media.”

“General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he’s been treated very unfairly by the media, as I call it the fake media in many cases, and I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. I think in addition to that, from intelligence papers are being leaked,” Trump said in a joint White House press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


The president asked for Flynn’s resignation after he was accused of misleading the president about his contact with the Russian ambassador prior to the inauguration. As previously reported, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said while Flynn’s conversation was not a legal issue, the trust between Flynn and the president “eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change.”

Classified information about Flynn’s conversation was leaked, a move the president said was done by Hillary Clinton supporters.

Trump said Wednesday the leaking of classified materials has been going on long before he was president, but it’s even more pronounced now, because the Democrats are trying to compensate for Hillary Clinton losing the presidential election.

“Things are being leaked. It’s criminal action, criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time before me, but now it’s really going on, and people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton,” Trump said.

“I think it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn - the way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally - I stress that - illegally leaked. Very, very unfair,” he said.

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