The White House has broken its silence on the future of Michael Flynn as a senior adviser said Donald Trump retains “full confidence” in his national security adviser after reports that he misled senior officials about contacts with Russia.
Mr Flynn had apologised privately for the controversy to vice president Mike Pence, according to an administration official.
Mr Pence, relying on information from Mr Flynn, publicly vouched that the retired army lieutenant general did not discuss sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
Mr Flynn has since told the White House that sanctions might have come up in the calls.
Mr Trump has still said nothing about Mr Flynn following a Washington Post report last week confirming that sanctions were a topic of conversation, but White House aide Kellyanne Conway said: “He has the full confidence of the president.”