Generals Running Away From Trump As He Scrambles To Find National Security Aide
I think it’s fair to say that President Donald Trump is having yet another bad week.
After being forced to fire Michael Flynn on Monday over reports that the retired lieutenant general was in contact with Russia, Trump now is having a tough time finding a new National Security Advisor.
Within hours of Trump’s terrible press conference on Thursday, Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turned down the president’s offer to replace Flynn.
The unexpected move sent Trump scrambling to find a new top security aide. He did, but he was turned down again!
According to the Wall Street Journal, former CIA chief David Petraeus has dropped out of consideration for the post, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Petraeus held command posts in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and served as CIA director under Obama. He quit as CIA chief in 2012 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials relating to documents he had given his biographer, with whom he had an affair.
Harward, a senior executive at Lockheed Martin and former Navy SEAL, declined Trump’s offer in part because he wanted to bring in his own team, according to two sources familiar with Harward’s decision.
The White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, told Fox News on Friday that Harward’s family “didn’t sign off” on him taking the job.
Meanwhile, Trump continues his candidate search via Twitter.
“General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA – as are three others,” Trump said on Twitter, without naming the other candidates.