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Friday, March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has turned down the offer, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

Harward was offered the job after Michael Flynn was fired by Trump on Monday for misleading Vice President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

The White House official said Harward cited family and financial reasons for opting not to take the job. He is a senior executive at Lockheed Martin.

Two sources familiar with the decision said Harward turned down the job in part because he wanted to bring in his own team.

That put him at odds with Trump, who had told Flynn’s deputy, K.T. McFarland, that she could stay.

Trump appeared to refer to Harward earlier in the day at a presidential news conference, saying: “I have somebody that I think will be outstanding for the position.”

The president also made clear why he asked Flynn to resign, saying it was because the retired lieutenant general had not been completely truthful with Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.

“The thing is, he didn’t tell our vice president properly, and then he said he didn’t remember. So either way, it wasn’t very satisfactory to me,” Trump said.

(Reporting by John Walcott and Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Walsh and Peter Cooney)

IMAGE: Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, in this January 6, 2011 handout photo.  Sgt. Shawn Coolman/U.S. Marines/Handout via REUTERS

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8 responses to “Retired Admiral Harward Rejects Trump Offer Of National Security Post”

  1. Dan S says:

    Smart man to say no to Trump particularly if he couldn’t bring in his own team

  2. I of John says:

    Don’t blame him a bit for not jumping on that train to nowhere.

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  3. Mama Bear says:

    so…if, as the president says someone can be let go because he lies and then says he doesn’t remember….would the idiots in his party put on their man-pants and fire him?

    • dpaano says:

      Unfortunately, it seems okay for 45 to lie, but heaven help anyone else who is even THOUGHT to lie!!! His entire administration are liars and the fact that they not only lie, but they lie for this idiot, is pretty sad!!!

  4. FireBaron says:

    So after he threw Flynn under the bus, Teflon Donnie expected Harward to jump on the offer!

  5. Paul Bass says:

    later reports say he described the job as being a “sh*t sandwich”!

  6. dpaano says:

    I bet the truth is actually that he didn’t want to work for this idiot because he’s too smart to deal with him and wouldn’t just let him run him around like a robot!! We actually need MORE people like this!

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