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Trump unaware of Flynn’s ties to Turkey, says White House


 
FILE- In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn gestures as he arrives with his son Michael G. Flynn, left, at Trump Tower in New York. Michael G. Flynn tweeted about the false idea that prompted a shooting at a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor. Vice President-elect Mike Pence acknowledged Tuesday, Dec. 6, that the younger Flynn was helping his father with scheduling and administrative items during the presidential transition but told CNN "that's no longer the case." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn gestures as he arrives with his son Michael G. Flynn, left, at Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON – The White House says President Donald Trump was unaware that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was being paid to act on behalf of a foreign government when he was chosen for his key post in January.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Trump had no knowledge Flynn lobbied for a company with ties to Turkey’s government.

Trump fired Flynn last month for misleading administration officials about his conversations with Russian officials.

Flynn filed paperwork Tuesday identifying himself as a foreign agent with the Justice Department, acknowledging that his work for the Dutch-based firm Inovo BV could have aided Turkey’s government.

In the filings, Flynn acknowledged meeting with Turkey’s foreign minister and other officials.

The owner of Inovo BV told The Associated Press that Flynn filed the new paperwork under pressure from the Justice Department.


 

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