According to the administration officials of the former President Obama, Trump appointed Mike Flynn as national security adviser, despite being warned by Obama.
The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office.
The revelation comes on a day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is expected to testify that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
A senior Trump administration official acknowledged Monday that Obama raised the issue of Flynn, saying the former president made clear he was “not a fan of Michael Flynn.” Another official said Obama’s remark seemed like it was made in jest.
The Obama administration fired Flynn in 2014 from his position as head of the Defence Intelligence Agency, largely because of mismanagement and temperament issues.
Mr. Flynn was forced out of the position of national security adviser after it was revealed that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, amid a continuing investigation into connections between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.