Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland to Leave National Security Council Post

Apr 10, 2017, 01:10
Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland to Leave National Security Council Post

K. T. McFarland will be stepping down as White House Deputy National Security Adviser, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

McFarland's future on the NSC was brought into question pretty much the moment Flynn resigned, and now it appears the former Fox News national security analyst is being pushed out by McMaster as he tries to build a council with his own staff. McFarland is expected to be nominated as US ambassador to Singapore, a post that requires Senate confirmation and has been vacant since Trump's inauguration in January.

Mr Flynn was forced to resign in February over his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, prior to Mr Trump taking office on January 20.

"She is going to do it, assuming she gets confirmed", the official said.

Flynn's replacement, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, has been allowed to make changes to the national security structure.

Another White House official, Dina Powell, was recently named deputy national security adviser for strategy and has been present in the recent high-level meetings with delegations from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and China.

But Ms Powell soon began attending senior-level staff meetings with the President himself. Reports of McFarland being ousted from the National Security Council come less than 3 months after she first stepped into the role. "I just met with the president and he asked that I stay on".

A former Army lieutenant general, McMaster has moved to assert his power over the national security decision-making process in President Donald Trump's White House.

It follows a reorganization of the NSC in the past week to remove Stephen Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor, from the principals committee.