When then-President Obama met with President-elect Trump in the Oval Office two days after the election, NBC News reports that Obama gave him a specific piece of advice: Don't hire Michael Flynn. (CNN says it has confirmed the story.) Trump did not take the advice and went on to make Flynn his national security adviser, only to fire him three weeks later when it emerged that Flynn had misled the White House about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. Obama's concerns, however, were more about Flynn's temperament, reports NBC, which notes that the Obama administration fired Flynn in 2014 from his post as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Obama reportedly told Trump that Flynn was not suited to such an important position.
The revelation comes on the day that Sally Yates, who served briefly as acting attorney general between the two administrations, is expected to testify before Congress about her concerns over Flynn's contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump himself addressed both aspects of the story on Monday: "General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration - but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that," he tweeted. (Spokesman Sean Spicer previously blamed the Obama White House, citing Flynn's clearance to run the DIA.) And on Yates, Trump tweeted: "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel."