Published: Sat, February 18, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump's pick to replace Flynn as NSA declines


The last item was reportedly added by retired Vice Admiral Bob Harward while assessing the possibility of replacing the curiously unindictable Michael Flynn as the president*'s National Security Adviser.

The Financial Times also reported that Harward turned down Trump's job offer, and cited two unnamed sources close to the situation.

There was no official comment from the White House, but the Financial Times reported that the president is trying to convince Harward to change his mind.

Kellogg, a retired Army lieutenant general, became acting national security adviser after Flynn resigned Monday night following revelations he misled administration officials about his contact with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Retired Army Gen. Keith Kellogg is now serving as acting national security adviser.

Whatever the reason for the former Navy Seal turning down the offer, Twitter users are filled with praise for him.

Asked if he had requested to bring in his own staff at the National Security Council (NSC), Mr Harward said: "I think that's for the president to address".

President Donald Trump meets with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House February 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Harward was under consideration for a senior White House position even before the national security adviser job came open, the Guardian has learned.

A native of Newport, Harward was a front-runner to replace Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ousted from the position earlier this week.

"General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA - as are three others", he tweeted, without naming the other candidates.

The US President, during a news conference on Thursday, said that he was disappointed over how Flynn treated the Vice President.

"This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine", Mr Trump declared.

Colin Kahl, the former national security adviser to Joe Biden and before that a senior Pentagon official, called Harward a "hard-charging patriot" who would have stabilized a volatile White House.

Trump said if Flynn hadn't made the call before, the President would have asked to make one eventually.

Harward, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, has served in elite combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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