Disbelief As Spicer Blames Obama For Not Showing More Concern About Flynn

White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a question during the daily press briefing, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a question during the daily press briefing, Monday, May 8, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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May 8, 2017 3:29 p.m.

On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer blamed the Obama administration for not doing more to express their concerns about ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, eliciting bewildered responses from journalists and others on social media.

NBC News reported Monday that Obama had specifically warned then-President-elect Donald Trump about Flynn in a November meeting.

Spicer said during his daily press briefing Monday that “It’s true that President Obama made it known that he wasn’t exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn’s,” but that that “shouldn’t come as a surprise” given Flynn’s criticism of the Obama administration.

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If the Obama administration was truly concerned, Spicer said, they should have suspended Flynn’s security clearance.

The Trump administration is under fire for not thoroughly screening Flynn themselves for his conflicts of interest.

NBC News’ Ken Dilanian reported Monday that Flynn was required to obtain a new security clearance from the CIA before beginning as national security adviser in the Trump administration. That clearance was never granted, NBC News reported, according to one unnamed official with knowledge of the matter.

Reactions were harsh.

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