The Elephant In The East Room: Michael Flynn Escapes Scrutiny In Trump Presser

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February 13, 2017 3:33 p.m.

The world leaders discussed refugee policy, border security and international trade. But one issue was notably absent during a joint press conference with President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: the controversy surrounding National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn has been under pressure for reportedly speaking to the Russian ambassador to the United States about sanctions before Trump was inaugurated. Flynn’s future in the White House now appears unclear.

The White House picked two journalists to ask questions at the press conference, neither of whom asked about Trump’s confidence in Flynn.

Scott Thurman – the chief political correspondent for WJLA, Washington, D.C.’s ABC affiliate – asked the President about “notable and philosophical differences between yourself and Prime Minister Trudeau” on issues including terrorism and immigration, but did not offer any specific question.

And Kaitlan Collins, the White House correspondent for the Daily Caller, asked Trump: “What do you see as the most important national security matters facing us?”

Some journalists shouted questions about Flynn as Trump and Trudeau left their lecterns, to no avail. Following the press conference, many reporters expressed disappointment that one of the dominant stories of the day didn’t come up.

“What we got from the reporters the White House hand-chose, a Daily Caller reporter and a Sinclair Broadcasting reporter, were two– What you could call softball questions, the second one more so, where the reporter asked ‘What is the biggest national security threat a month into this administration?'” MSNBC’s Katy Tur said on air after the press conference.

Yahoo’s Hunter Walker, and Time’s Zeke Miller, reported from inside the East Room:


She responded: “I’m still on White House grounds, actually,” and later added in response:

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