Trump weighs security adviser options; Pence 'disappointed' by Flynn

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump considered his options for a new national security adviser on Monday as his vice president, Mike Pence, said he had been disappointed by the actions of the man ousted from the job and supported his dismissal.

Trump asked for Michael Flynn's resignation on Feb. 13 after reports emerged that the retired lieutenant general misled Pence about having spoken to Russia's ambassador about U.S. sanctions before Trump's inauguration.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MCS) in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Pence sought to allay European concerns about the presidency of Donald Trump, using a speech in Munich to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO and the European project. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 18: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Vice President Mike Pence (L) arrive at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on Februrary 18, 2017. The annual event brings together government representatives and security experts from across the globe. (Photo by Andreas Gebert/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US Vice President Michael Richard Pence (R) and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani meet for bilateral talks at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2017. / AFP / THOMAS KIENZLE (Photo credit should read THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 18: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Vice President Mike Pence arrive at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on Februrary 18, 2017. The annual event brings together government representatives and security experts from across the globe. (Photo by Andreas Gebert/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, speaks at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MCS) in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Pence sought to allay European concerns about the presidency of Donald Trump, using a speech in Munich to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO and the European project. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence walks with members of his delegation ahead of bilateral talks during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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The ouster, coming so early in Trump's administration, was another upset in a White House that has been battered by miscues, including the controversial roll-out of a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, since the Republican president took office on Jan. 20.

"I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate," Pence told reporters during a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Trump's call for Flynn to go "was the proper decision, it was handled properly and in a timely way," he said.

Trump, spending the weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida, interviewed four finalists to replace Flynn on Sunday and may meet with some of them again on Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Sunday.

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Those interviewed were acting adviser Keith Kellogg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster and Lieutenant General Robert Caslen.

During his Brussels trip, Pence assured the European Union that the Trump administration would develop the bloc's cooperation in trade and security and backed the EU as a partner in its own right, seeking to soothe anxiety prompted by Trump's remarks a month ago renewing his endorsement of Brexit and suggesting that others might follow Britain out of the EU.

At the news conference, Pence also defended Trump's repeated and strong criticisms of the news media. In a Twitter message on Saturday, Trump called the media "the enemy of the American people."

"The president and I both strongly support a free and independent press but you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts," Pence said.

Trump himself has been continually cited by various media for misstating facts. For instance, in his news conference last week Trump said his margin of victory in the Electoral College in November was the largest ever since fellow Republican Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 and 1984.

In fact, however, Democratic President Barack Obama, in both of his victories, and Republican President George H.W. Bush drew more electoral votes than did Trump.

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