Clinton, former aide take jabs at Flynn post his resignation

Washington, Feb 14 (IANS) Hillary Clinton celebrated the resignation of Donald Trump’s National Security adviser Michael Flynn, by reminding him of “the real consequences of fake news”.

Michael Flynn quit following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia, Fox News reported on Tuesday.

Clinton retweeted a post from longtime confidante Phillipe Reines on Monday night, where he suggested Flynn and his son, who spread the discredited “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory on the social media, get jobs at Domino’s.

Reines, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, tweeted: “Dear Mike Flynn & Mike Flynn Jr… What goes around COMETS around. And given your pizza obsession…”, with a link to the Dominos Pizza career page.

Clinton responded with her own tweet: “Philippe’s got his own way of saying things, but he has a point about the real consequences of fake news…”

Reines, according to reports, appeared to be referencing a fake news story that emerged during the 2016 presidential election campaign, which accused Clinton and her campaign chief John Podesta of running a child sex ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza shop.

The “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory was tweeted by Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr, last December. At the time he was working for his father in the transition team.

The social media posts came after Flynn stepped down from his position as National Security Adviser in the Trump administration just 24 days after the new President’s inauguration.

In his resignation letter, Flynn said he gave Vice President Mike Pence and others “incomplete information” about his calls with Russia’s Ambassador to the US.

Flynn made numerous phone calls to the Russian Ambassador to the US before Trump took office, and later hinted he may have gone against diplomatic protocol by discussing the rollback of sanctions.

Retired General Keith Kellogg will take over as acting National Security Adviser.