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Trump Reportedly Tapped Vice Admiral Robert Harward to Replace Flynn

The retired Navy SEAL apparently told Trump he'd need a few days to think about taking the vacant national security adviser job.

by Lauren Messman
Feb 15 2017, 8:18pm

Photo by US Department of Defense Current Photos, via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump has reportedly offered the job of national security adviser to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, according to two US officials, Reuters reports.

Harward, a retired Navy SEAL who has served as the deputy commander of the US Central Command, reportedly told Trump he needed a few days to think it over, according to Foreign Policy. The Rhode Island native previously worked on the National Security Council under former president George W. Bush and would likely bring in his own experienced team should he accept the job.

Harward has already served under Trump's defense secretary James Mattis, when Mattis was head of Central Command. According to Foreign Policy, the defense secretary has urged Harward to take the job. 

The position opened up after Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, resigned just three weeks into the job after it was revealed that he had discussed Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, before he was officially in the new administration. Although Trump and his administration said Flynn was asked to resign because he "misled" the vice president, reports show that Trump was warned about the call nearly two weeks before Mike Pence was briefed.