Raising Red Flags: Michael Flynn’s Resignation


The danger is not coming from outside of our borders, but from the very heart of our nation.

After less than a month in the position, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night after it was revealed that he misled White House officials regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Flynn made the right decision to resign, however much of the damage has already been done. Moreover, Flynn is only a consequence of a deeper problem.

Allegedly, Flynn spoke to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about American sanctions against Russia. However, he gave “incomplete information” regarding these communications. Such discussions of policy is a major breach of protocol and blatantly illegal. His “alternative facts” left him vulnerable to blackmail by Russia, a direct and serious threat to our national security.

Flynn, a retired three-star Army general, is also under investigation for possibly accepting money from the Russian government during a trip to Moscow in 2015, which would violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which “prohibits former military officers from receiving money from a foreign government without consent from Congress.”

These are terrifying realities when the perpetrator threatening our national security is supposed to be the one protecting it.

As representatives John Conyers, Jr., top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the House oversight Committee, wrote in a statement: “We need to know who else within the White House is a current and ongoing risk to our national security.”

Flynn’s resignation proposes a scary possibility: there could be others in top positions who are a risk to our country. After this controversy, it seems that Trump is.

This threat to our national security is Trump’s fault. Although Flynn’s actions were dishonest and illegal, Trump is the one that appointed him. He is the root of the problem.

Michael Flynn was Trump’s choice. If our President put such a flawed, untrustworthy candidate in one of the top positions in the country, what else could he do? Such a controversial resignation so early on creates uncertainty on both a national and global scale. Furthermore, this raises red flags regarding all of Trump’s cabinet picks, many of which have already been strongly criticized. Who are the people running our country?

Clearly, we cannot trust Trump’s decisions, as they have already created a dysfunctional cabinet after only a month in office. What will be the consequences of his other cabinet picks? His executive orders? His presidency?

Trump seems to think that the danger comes from outside of our borders. He thinks that we need to build a wall and implement an immigration ban. However, he is clearly mistaken. As this controversy has shown, the danger comes from inside, from the very heart of our nation: the White House.

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