On Wednesday, standing beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a White House press conference, Donald Trump blamed the press, the intelligence agencies, and Hillary Clinton for the ouster of Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser.

And it s been going on for a long time before me, but now it s really going on.

Clearly, though, the President still doesn t think Flynn did anything wrong when, last December, he spoke to Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, about the sanctions that the Obama Administration had imposed to punish Vladimir Putin s regime for meddling in the U.S. election.

Trump could have seized on this fact and kept Flynn on.

A willingness to accept the occasional public humiliation is a prerequisite for agreeing to work for Trump—something that Pence must have been well aware of when he accepted his spot on the ticket.

It looks like what actually happened and here I agree with of Bloomberg View s Eli Lake is that the White House, in an effort to quell the growing furor over the President s ties to Russia, offered up Flynn as a fall guy.

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