President Trump has been scrambling to find the right person to replace Michael Flynn as national security advisor. He finally decided to offer the job to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, only for him to turn down the job due to “family reasons.”
Fox News reported that the retired Navy Vice Admiral really wanted to take the job, but he decided to decline the offer. A source revealed that Harward told Trump that his acceptance of the job offer hinged on his family’s approval. A senior administration official claims that Harward’s wife and family members want him to remain in the private sector. He allegedly promptly contacted Trump and told him he wouldn’t be able to accept the position.
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Harward retired from the Navy four years ago after a military career spanning four decades. After he had retired, he became the chief executive officer for Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates. Robert served as a Navy Seal as deputy commander of the United States Central Command under Gen. James Mattis, current defense secretary. Harward was immediately the favorite to take over Flynn’s position after his resignation.
After Flynn’s shocking resignation on Monday, Trump named Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security advisor until he could find a permanent replacement.
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Kellogg and former CIA Director David Petraeus were the other two candidates believed to be in the running for the position. It is possible that President Trump will give the position permanently to Keith Kellogg.
Trump said on Thursday that he had someone in mind that for the position, but never mentioned any names. The White House has not issued a comment about Harward’s decision to decline the job offer. Robert Harward was due to meet with President Trump to discuss the details about the position on Thursday night.