Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady erosion of trust, White House officials said.Though the WH had known about Flynn's discussions with the Russians since January 26, when they were informed by acting-AG Sally Yates and another official that he was vulnerable to blackmail, no one bothered to inform Pence. Yet he was sent out to defend Flynn publicly in a TV interview and declare the conversations about sanctions had not happened.
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI about his telephone conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., a sign his ties to Russia had caught the attention of law enforcement officials.
Pence, who had vouched for Flynn in a televised interview, is said to have been angry and deeply frustrated.
According to the "retelling" from the White House, Flynn had done nothing illegal, but his downfall came because he lied to WH officials. Why was the erosion of trust in Flynn "slow and steady"? Trump values loyalty above all. It seems not to matter if his close advisers do not know what the hell they are doing or whether they tell the truth. Why would truth matter when the boss lies repeatedly? Thus, loyalty trumps everything else, even if the result is chaos and certain staff members are thrown under the bus.
If you'd like to walk through the looking glass with Matt Lauer and his interview with Kellyanne Conway this morning, you may or may not find the answer to the question about whether she was out of the loop.
I confess that I was dizzy, rather than enlightened by the walk, but that's just me.
Here's the video of the interview. Conway's ability to remain upright through this long spin is amazing.