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Report: NSA O'Brien Looking for Spot in Second Trump Administration

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National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien speaks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By    |   Friday, 30 October 2020 12:02 PM

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien is pushing for an elevated post in a second Trump administration, NBC News is reporting.

The network news said on Friday that he has spent months jockeying for an elevated role in a second term.

It pointed out that President Donald Trump has indicated that Defense Secretary Mark Esper will be out after the election. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo isn’t expected to complete another full term.

"Robert has been actively promoting himself to replace Esper after the election," a senior administration official said.

O’Brien has pressed for a strong China policy, an Iran pressure campaign, and an expansion of the Navy fleet. All are top issues for Trump.

“He spends a lot of time with his counterparts and people who are more senior," a White House official told NBC News. "O'Brien sees his role to be as prioritizing what the president's priorities are."

But John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, rejected the suggestion that O’Brien’s approach to his job is driven by his future aspirations.

"Your accusations seriously misrepresent Ambassador O'Brien's tenure at the NSC and are riddled with inaccuracies and falsehoods," Ullyot told NBC News.

On Sunday, O’Brien said that election meddling by foreign nations is an attempt to "sow discord” that should be countered by Americans voting on Election Day.

Meanwhile, O’Brien had indicated he intends to remain a key part of Republican circles if Trump loses on Tuesday.

He reportedly told those close to him he might seek public office, including the presidency.

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National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien is pushing for an elevated post in a second Trump administration, NBC News is reporting.The network news said on Friday that he has spent months jockeying for an elevated role in a second term.It pointed out that President Donald...
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