Obama Personally Warned Trump Against Hiring Michael Flynn, Multiple Former Obama Officials Just Now Reveal

NBC News reports:

Former President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News. The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office.

The revelation comes on a day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is expected to testify that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. According to all three former officials, Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn. The Obama administration fired Flynn in 2014 from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, largely because of mismanagement and temperament issues.

Obama’s warning pre-dated the concerns inside the government about Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador, one of the officials said. Obama passed along a general caution that he believed Flynn was not suitable for such a high level post, the official added.

  • Boreal

    Obama’s warning is probably exactly why dump hired him. If the black guy was against it, dump had to be for it.


    • kcken

      That’s how he gets approval from the far-right. Obviously anything and I do mean ANYTHING the black guy did had to be bad. So sayeth Fox News.

    • GayOldLady

      He hired him because Flynn spent weeks with him on the campaign trail and screamed “Lock her up” at every rally he attended and at the Republican National Convention.

      • Cuberly

        Yep, and he’s got a chip on his shoulder against Obama.

        • GayOldLady

          Yep!!!! He hates him with a passion.

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      • -M-

        Trump and Flynn both believe in conspiracy theories and their own infallibility.

    • zhera

      Pretty sure Flynn was hired because of his Russian connections. Putin says jump, Trump asks how high.

      • David L. Caster

        On the way up.

        • Brian Burleson

          Great minds.

      • David Walker

        Changing an old joke to modern names: Putin says shit and Trump asks “How much and what color?”

    • MonochromeMouse

      That’s the sole reason trump authorized that raid in Yemen that killed all those civilians and a marine and ended up letting the guy they were trying to capture get away, trumpy was told about the plan, told Obama thought it was a bad plan and declined to authorize it, so trump immediately said “Do it.”.

    • SunsetGay

      Obama should have gone to Trump and said “Trickle down economics is awesome. Cut taxes for all the rich folks. The Paris-Climate Agreement is terrible and written by homosexuals. Abortion is horrible. Also, please do not appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. That was a dumbass move on my part.”

    • BobSF_94117

      It’s not the president alone. It’s the GOP in Congress.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Contrary people are very easy to manipulate. Tell them not to do what you really want them to do.

  • kcken
  • Boreal
    • Paula

      So true. :- (

    • safari

      I have a relative who got upset when her friend moved out of her house and let it go to foreclosure because it was underwater and the family had better opportunities elsewhere. The “how dare she” was quite strong, even though it didn’t effect her. She also blamed the financial crisis on “those people” getting loans they couldn’t afford. And doesn’t have healthcare insurance because fuck Obamacare.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I sure that makes for some lovely family reunions.

    • FAEN


  • Tawreos

    It would be much worse for Trump if he had listened to Obama’s warning. You can’t have someone in the GOP listening to Obama, ever.

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      We’ll have to evacuate an area the size of Pennsylvania to protect citizens from the orange fallout.

  • kcken

    They could have that whole conversation on video, and not ONE Trump supporter would change his mind. I hope the justice department isn’t as partisan as i fear it is.

    • David L. Caster

      Under Sessions? Don’t kid yourself.

  • Boreal
    • Ross

      Both funny…and tragically true.

  • Goodboy

    Funny h’ell believe anything from fantasy wire tapping to Obama not being born in the US but give 45 actual facts and he won’t believe it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a342f20dbcfaef1c95ef0ab285bce5d3a33e1b5fb639920871aa80ddd9607d4a.jpg

  • AJayne

    Child psychology – what a responsible person says “don’t do,” the child will always do…

  • um….
    yep, that’s my reaction to this.
    and how’s 45 gonna spin this?

    • safari

      Obama taunted me into hiring him?

    • PeteLI

      He will spin it the usual way that his fans eat up:
      It’s lies, and fake media.

  • chris james

    I’m sure Obama told him, but did Trump hear it? He seems to miss a lot of the things people say to him and only hears what he wants to hear. Maybe its the fault of that personal doctor who told us Trump is the healthiest president ever, you know the doctor, the one who looks like he’s been on LSD for half a century.

  • ccc

    Trump, you in trouble!

  • So if Obama were to say drinking water is good, do you think we can dehydrate Trump and his white “working class” supporters?

    • The_Wretched

      I want to push the theory to the test and have Obama say that jumping off of a cliff is a really bad idea.

      • Obama: “I strongly advise against consuming cyanide”

  • AJayne

    Okay, this –

    “Obama passed along a general caution that he believed Flynn was not suitable for such a high level post, the official added.”

    During the campaign, Obama also said don-the-con was not suitable for such a high level post.

    No wonder don-the-con took it as an endorsement…

  • Silver Badger

    Thanks President Obama. Too bad the pissant didn’t listen.

  • GayOldLady

    If only Obama would reply to sTrump’s tweet by tweeting “I WARNED YOU NOT TO HIRE FLYNN”. That might shut down sTrump’s stupid tweets for a few hours.

    • Gustav2

      Great men do not punch ‘down.’

      • GayOldLady

        Great Men defend their country from LIES in whatever forum the lie is spoken.

        • Gerry Fisher

          I think he’s doing that through his people. The first black guy or gal has to be “extra good.” Obama doesn’t want to be the first ex president in modern history to attack the sitting president…overtly, anyway.

          • Bad Tom

            President Obama is letting his surrogates respond.
            That is smart.
            Trump responds personally.
            That is not smart.

    • olandp

      or send them into hyper mode.

      • GayOldLady

        Can you imagine how much more bizarre and disconnected sTrump’s tweets would become if Obama responded to one of them? I’d just love to see Obama call him out on Twitter by setting the record straight on Twitter.

        • cheeto would break the twitter machine if Obama actually responded about Flynn.

  • bkmn
  • Bad Tom

    Fake President Trump seldom likes telling the truth about anything.
    You would think that if President Obama specifically and personally warned Trump about Flynn, that Trump might think that blaming Obama for hiring Flynn could backfire. But Trump isn’t that smart.

    • SFBruce

      And yet, his poll numbers, bad as they are, don’t seem to get any worse.

      • David L. Caster

        When he put in that bottom, Trump convinced me that fully 1/3rd of the population of the US is composed of idiots.

        • Bad Tom

          35% of French voters went for Le Pen.
          Which means Le Pen was CRUSHED in a landslide election.

          In the United States, the 1/3 get to rule the 2/3. This is why we are fucked.

          • David L. Caster

            That’s because 2/3s don’t bother to participate in the system even though that large fraction should know better.

          • Bad Tom

            In France, it appears to be a significantly smaller fraction. They are far more engaged than we are.

          • David L. Caster

            Evidently. OTOH, I think most of the rest of the westernized world seems to be more engaged that we are. Except maybe in the UK as evinced by the Brexit vote outcome.

  • MikeBx2

    So the WH admits Obama warned against Flynn but says they thought he was kidding? Not exactly the response I was expecting…

    • bkmn

      CYA – Cover Your Ass.

      • GayOldLady

        CYA – Or as it’s better known, LIE Your Ass Off.

        • Bad Tom


      • MikeBx2

        I expected them to deny the conversation even took place. Thought he was joking is beyond ridiculous.

        • clay

          But “joking” is one of their more reliable fall-backs.

          • Bad Tom

            It’s certainly their go-to. Not so sure it’s “reliable”.

          • clay

            Their followers and enough of the media intermediaries buy it.

          • David Walker

            Bad Tom, is that intentional? As in “re-lie-able,” as in telling the lie again and again? Brilliant.

          • Steverino

            I.e.: “It was just locker-room talk.”

        • Bad Tom

          It’s what Trump claims about his own irresponsible statements.

    • Bad Tom

      President Obama FIRED Flynn, but Trump took it as a joke.

      ANYONE who’s ever been fired, for real, didn’t think it was funny.

      • clay

        No, they didn’t think it was a joke.
        They’re such liars that they don’t understand anything to be truth.
        “Joke” is just their word for a failed lie.

    • coram nobis

      A joke, huh? “So, Donald, two Russian spies and Michael Flynn walk into a bar on Massachusetts Avenue, and Gen. Flynn says, ‘You spy here often? I leak right around the corner!’ Or at least that’s what the bartender, our NSA informant, told us later. He also says Donald Junior needs to pay his bar tab.”

  • FAEN

    In other news the Cheeto administration hires the ghost of Himler to run the Red Cross despite all the warnings.

  • northern_neighbour

    Which of these two more closely modelled their actions on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, … the dark skinned gentleman on the right or the orange shit gibbon we see sitting on the left. ??

    Should we let southern male white Americans like Jeff Sessions make that call, or should we include ALL American citizens in deciding who was truly Presidential and who was the real baboon run amok in a cesspool of sharks and chaos, that he himself has created?

    Americans need to ponder this question, each one asking himself or herself whether they will commit themselves as part of the DAILY RESISTANCE.

    • TuuxKabin

      Thank you for an excellent creed to send to the knucklehead crickets that are still giving the hell beast a chance.

    • David Walker

      I saw this in photograph from Russia, writ large on a canvas covering a site of religious authority: Freedom IS our religion.

      I’ve adopted that.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    So, … President Obama personally warned Trump not to hire Flynn.
    But Dumpf did anyways, putting the security of our nation at risk!
    Impeach the TRAITOR!!!!

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker

    Reince, lather, repeat: the fact that the guy you want to hire was fired by your predecessor doesn’t mean he’s qualified.

  • TrollopeReader

    Trump should know that the White House doesn’t give security clearances …if they could, Trump would have Gorka, and several others fired for not passing the test working for him. Dolt !!

  • netxtown

    Run ya nasty fat orange asshole. RUN!

    (It just struck me that I never spoke this poorly of W_Shrub……)

  • Henry Auvil

    This story is burning up the internet. Expect the usual FAKE NEWS! tweet soon.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Trump probably hired Flynn just to be contrary.

    • Nope, cheeto-man hired him because he is the smartest person ever, and makes the best choices, the very best choices in hiring. All those years of playing a boss on a tv show, made him believe he was all knowing, all seeing, all….well all!

  • JWC

    With this wee revealation and Sally Yates testifting later today Rachel should be good tonight https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/253cf9f60a47453d319cbed9ca0eb865c2a265b341fc6b0b7b5224c0772e575d.gif

    • Love that graphic! Totally awesome!

      • JWC

        someone posted it on here about a month afo and I both likd it and found it appropriate

  • jimbo65

    You just know Obama dumbed this warning down so that even 45 could understand it. But of course, 45 chose to believe his own inner circle and his pet media sources over reliable sources in the government. Which also begs the question, when did sad chuckly Santa Pence know about this and decide to ignore it. Now we have to worry about when the next bomb is going to drop. Or when 45 is going to ignite his own Reichstag fire to deflect from all this.

    • David Walker

      Rachel has been listing items that vice knew about it shortly after he headed the transition team. Letters from congress, TWO visits by Flynn’s own lawyers, and other contacts all of which vice HAD to know about. But how can such a model xn as vice lie about such a thing?

      • A model xtian that can’t be trusted to share a meal with a woman not his wife, in public no less.

  • Mike C

    The best people.

  • coram nobis

    That photo is still disturbing. Obama looks like he wishes he was someplace else, and Donald looks grabby and crabby.

    • That’s Obama’s angry face, and cheeto-man looks furious, wonder what happened just before the photo was snapped?

      • coram nobis

        TRUMP: Okay place you got here, but needs redecorating.
        OBAMA: Your grasp of English is poor, but I’m sure you speak Russian real well.

  • Jamie_Johnson

    I happened to turn on the teevee last night just as Obama was about to accept the Medal of Courage from the Kennedy Library, and on top of Macron’s victory, it almost felt… normal. For a few minutes, anyway; then it was back to Shitler, the Nazis, and our daily nightmare.

  • greenmanTN
  • bambinoitaliano

    The liar in chief daily diarrhea need a dozens of pooper scoopers following behind to clean up his mess.

  • -M-

    Flynn was fired for being a nutcase conspiracy theorist with an idée fixe that Iran was behind every bad thing in the world and it was his staff’s job to prove it.