President Trump: ‘Real Story’ Is ‘Illegal Leaks’

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) passes former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (C) and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford as he arrives at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., in this file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

President Donald Trump says the “real story” is the “illegal leaks” coming out of Washington.

The tweet early Tuesday was President Trump’s first public comments since his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned because of conversations he had with a Russian diplomat.

Flynn apologized for giving Vice President Mike Pence and others “incomplete information” about his calls with Russia’s Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and whether Flynn addressed U.S. sanctions before President Trump’s inauguration. Doing so breaks diplomatic protocol and potentially the law.

President Trump 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?”

North Korea tested a ballistic missile over the weekend while the president was at his Florida resort hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Meanwhile, Democrats say they want an investigation into President Trump’s relationship with Russia, including when the president learned that his national security adviser had discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian diplomat.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that “the American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia’s financial, personal and political grip on President Trump and what that means for our national security.”

California Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, says he wants to know whether Flynn was acting on President Trump’s behalf.

Late last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn could be in a compromised position because of contradictions between the public depictions of U.S. phone calls with foreign officials and what intelligence officials knew to be true based on recordings of the conversations.

On Monday, Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Trump, said Flynn enjoys “the full confidence of the president.” On Tuesday, she said it was true President Trump was “loyal” to Flynn. But, she added, “Misleading the vice president really was the key here.”