One Of Trump’s Choices For Post Of National Security Advisor Turns Down Offer
Bob Harward, a retired Vice Admiral, has declined an offer by President Donald Trump to take up the role of national security adviser. This follows the resignation of Michael Flynn earlier in the week after allegations that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence over the details of his phone call with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. late last year. Currently, the position is being held by Joseph Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who was previously Flynn’s chief of staff.
In his statement, Harward said family and financial obligations prevented him from taking up the post.
“Since retiring, I have the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position. Like all service members understand, and live, this job requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week focus and commitment…” Harward’s statement read.
Chaotic start a reason
A source close to Harward said that the real reason the retired vice admiral turned down the job was because of the chaos that the White House is seemingly engulfed in. Another source also revealed that another reason that contributed to the former Navy SEAL rejecting the position was because there didn’t exist the possibility of him being allowed to bring in his own staff.
According to sources, the president insisted that K.T. McFarland, the deputy National Security Adviser be retained. McFarland was hired by Michael Flynn and is a former analyst on the conservative-leaning cable news channel, Fox News.
Senior executive at defense contractor
After more three decades in the military, Harward is currently the chief executive of the United Arab Emirates unit of defense contractor, Lockheed Martin. In the administration of George W. Bush, Harward had a stint at the counterterrorism office of the National Security Council. This was between 2003 and 2005.
Other contenders for the National Security Adviser post are David Petraeus, a retired army general, and Kellogg the acting adviser. Petraeus is understood to have stepped up lobbying for the post despite the fact that he has controversies of his own that could undermine his bid. In 2012 he resigned from the Central Intelligence Agency following an extramarital affair.