Drama in D.C.

Pres­i­dent Trump has lots of prob­lems, but Canada isn’t one

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - WORLD -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has as­sured his U.S. coun­ter­part over the phone that there might be 10,000 prob­lems that land on his White House desk — and Canada won’t be among them.

How true that promise rang Tues­day. Trudeau had barely left Wash­ing­ton and the cheer of a drama-free day was swiftly over­shad­owed by an in­com­ing storm of palace in­trigue, back-stab­bing, leaks, in­ter­na­tional in­ci­dents and a spy­ing scan­dal that rocked Don­ald Trump’s White House.

Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Michael Flynn wan­dered in to watch the Trudeau-Trump news con­fer­ence. It made for an awk­ward scene, as, just a few feet away, a U.S. jour­nal­ist was chat­ting on-air about whether Flynn might be fired. He was, hours later.

Less than 24 hours later, at an­other news con­fer­ence, Trump’s spokesper­son was asked why Flynn was fired. Sean Spicer said it was be­cause the for­mer mil­i­tary man and cam­paign sur­ro­gate had mis­led the pres­i­dent about his phone calls.

”The evolv­ing and erod­ing level of trust as a re­sult of this sit­u­a­tion and a se­ries of other ques­tion­able in­stances is what led the pres­i­dent to ask for Gen. Flynn’s res­ig­na­tion,” Spicer said.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn has left his po­si­tion in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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