Obama Warned Trump About Flynn, Sources Say
Washington (CNN)Then-President Barack Obama warned President-elect Donald Trump in November against hiring retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, former Obama administration officials confirmed to CNN.
Obama warned Trump about Flynn during their Oval Office meeting on November 10, days after Trump was elected president.
Obama's concerns, which he relayed to Trump, were not related to the firing of Flynn from the Defense Intelligence Agency but rather in the course of the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election.
"Flynn's name kept popping up," according to a senior Obama administration source.
The White House confirmed later Monday that Obama raised concerns about Flynn during his Oval Office sitdown with Trump in November.
"It's true President Obama made it known he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn's," press secretary Sean Spicer said.
He said the concerns shouldn't have come as a surprise, since Flynn was an "outspoken critic" of the Obama administration's shortcomings on foreign policy.