The Trump administration is in an uproar after an unexpected appearance by White House Counselor Peter Navarro.
Trump on Thursday announced Navarro would join the president’s legal team.
Navarro had been Trump’s chief of staff and chief legal counsel for eight years.
Navaro had been in the White House staff for more than a year when the president fired his national security adviser Michael Flynn in February.
Trump’s decision to fire Flynn triggered a storm of criticism and outrage among his supporters and critics who said it was a betrayal of his promise to bring stability to Washington.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Navarro said he was happy to take a job with the administration.
“I’m glad to be here, I really am, and I’m excited to be part of this team,” Navaro said.
“We have a lot of important things to do and to have a chief legal officer that has the experience and the background to do that.”
Navarro, who has represented Trump in a number of legal battles, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But he did address Trump’s comments about Flynn in a statement, saying, “Mr. Trump was wrong to terminate Mr. Flynn’s security clearance and to take away his ability to work in the administration.”
“President Trump was right to terminate his security clearance,” Navarro said.
But Navarro also said that he will not be representing Trump on any matters related to the Russia investigation.
“My focus will remain on representing the president, his administration, and our administration in the Russia investigations,” he said.
Navarros appearance comes amid ongoing tensions within the Trump administration.
On Friday, Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is now facing federal charges in connection with a meeting with Russian officials in Washington in March.
The president has denied any collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
In March, Trump fired White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
Both were fired over their refusal to enforce the new travel ban imposed by Trump after the court issued an injunction.
Trump also has continued to use his Twitter account to lash out at the media.
On Wednesday, Trump criticized the New York Times for not covering his meeting with a Russian diplomat, and also tweeted that the Times is not “fake news.”
The White House also said in a brief statement on Thursday that Navarro will continue to represent the president.