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Anyone Want Bolton's Job at NSC?

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton (Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 06:27 PM Current | Bio | Archive

No sooner did President Trump tweet on Tuesday morning that John Bolton was out than the speculation began over who would become Trump’s fourth National Security Advisor since he took office in 2017.

The problem this time, administration sources told Newsmax, is that it might be difficult to recruit someone for a job that has become fraught with controversy and conflict in the Trump Administration.

When retired Gen. Mike Flynn resigned as Trump’s first national security advisor over whether he had dealings with the Russians, the president offered the job to retired Admiral Robert Harward.

Harward, a former Navy SEAL commander who rose to deputy commander of US Central Command before retiring in 2013, was close to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Harward reportedly told Trump he wanted to “think it over” and later declined the offer.  Sources agree it is unlikely he would take the job now.  (Trump then brought on retired Gen. H.R. McMaster for the national security slot;  McMaster never had the right chemistry with Trump, who reportedly thought his national security advisor looked like “a beer salesman,” and he stepped down in 2018).

One talked-of name for national security advisor is that of retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, 75, now foreign policy and national security advisor to Vice President Pence.  Kellogg was an advisor to Trump in the 2016 campaign and served as executive secretary on the National Security Council. 

Also mentioned is Fred Fleitz, president of the Center for Security Policy and former chief of staff of the NSC.  Fleitz, who was reportedly a runner-up to be national Intelligence director, worked closely with Pompeo when the secretary of state was a U.S. Representative and member of the House Intelligence Committee. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
 

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No sooner did President Trump tweet on Tuesday morning that John Bolton was out than the speculation began over who would become Trump's fourth National Security Advisor since he took office in 2017.The problem this time, administration sources told Newsmax, is that it...
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