President Trump has a very low tolerance for controversy in others. He generates enough controversy -- most of it by choice -- without having to deal with a controversy outside his control.
Yes, he will stand by his people, but only so far. Corey Lewandowski -- who never was expected to help in the general election -- had to exit because of that false charge of battery by a bimbo reporter (I forget her name and she is not worth two seconds Googling).
Trump would have kept him on for the general election in a smaller role, as Trump did with spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, who clearly was in over her head.
But Lewandowski attracted bad vibes. Since it was not Lewandowski's fault, Trump kept him on the payroll until he could land a gig at CNN.
Flynn is another matter. Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence (who seems to have earned Trump's trust and certainly has as big a role in the administration as Cheney and Biden did under their presidents).
The Washington Post reported:
In a letter to Trump, Flynn said he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president.”Trump smelled the bullshit, and out goes Flynn.
A CEO cannot tolerate a liar. Goodbye.
And you can see why. Rather than man up and admit he lied, Flynn came up with the lamest excuse imaginable.
Now then, Trump is correct when he tweeted, "The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?"
But that does not excuse Flynn's lying.
Yes, the press smells blood in the water and will ramp up efforts to foul out other key Trump officials.
Were they not going to do that anyway?
Good call by Trump.
By the way, Barack Obama would not have fired Flynn because politicians never fire a liar. Look at Lois Lerner. CEOs do.
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