Trump's national security adviser in move to Singapore

Kari Scott
April 11, 2017

President Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser, KT McFarland, has been asked to step down after just three months, USA media say.

McFarland's departure had been seen as likely since the forced resignation of Michael Flynn, the retired three-star general who was Trump's first national security adviser. While addressing the staff at a meeting after Flynn's ouster, McFarland noted that she was wearing shoes from Ivanka Trump's brand, according to an official who was present.

Reports said the controversial decision to give Bannon a seat at the table was meant to allow him to be Trump's eyes and ears at the NSC meetings and to monitor Flynn.

She was asked to step down as deputy national security adviser, according to the report.

A top national security adviser to US President Donald Trump is the latest official heading out in an ongoing shuffle within the National Security Council, a US official says.

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McFarland intends to continue working at the NSC in the short term, but the official said she is unlikely to stay at the NSC all the way until her confirmation, which could be months away.

McFarland was a national security analyst for Fox News and worked under three Republican administrations before she was tapped for the role as Trump's deputy national security adviser. McFarland's position on the council has been in question since then.

Powell, an assistant secretary of state for education and cultural affairs in the Bush administration, is fluent in Arabic and was previously president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Candidate Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland debates against John Spencer for the republican Senate nomination, on the campus of Pace University in NY on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006.

McFarland has become known for being critical of President Barack Obama's national security policy. Those pundits attempting a little Kreminology to deduce what this might mean longer-term are probably making the same mistake as those pundits attempting to parse out a Trump "Syria strategy" from one notably ineffective missile strike; it again ignores the aspect of Trump's personality we are all most familiar with, his infamous inconsistency.

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