Embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn called Vice President Mike Pence Friday to apologize for misleading him about a conversation with the Russian ambassador to the United States, according to a senior White House official.
Further details about the call between Flynn and Pence were not immediately available.
The news came as White House aide Kellyanne Conway defended Flynn in an appearance on MSNBC Monday, saying that he “enjoy[s] the full confidence of the president.” Conway’s remarks were the first public declaration of support for Flynn this week as several prominent Democrats called for him to be suspended or fired.
Trump himself would not answer questions Monday about his support for Flynn, but a statement from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said “the president is evaluating the situation.”
“He’s speaking to… Vice President Pence relative to the conversation the Vice President had with General Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is – our national security,” continued the statement.
Ahead of President Donald Trump‘s inauguration, Flynn spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia stemming from the country’s suspected interference in the presidential election, ABC News has confirmed.