Sunday, April 9, 2017

Rearranging the National Security Furniture

K. T. McFarland has been asked to step down as deputy National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump after less than three months and is expected to be nominated as ambassador to Singapore, according to a person familiar with White House personnel moves.

The departure of the 65-year-old former Fox News commentator comes as Trump’s second National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, puts his own stamp on the National Security Council after taking over in February from retired General Michael Flynn.

McFarland proved not to be a good fit at the NSC, the person said, adding that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was involved in the decision as well.

Her removal follows a reorganization of the NSC in the past week that removed Stephen Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, from the principals committee, the Cabinet-level interagency forum that advises the president on pressing security matters.

Other officials, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were brought back onto the committee as “regular attendees,” reversing a move made in January.

Somebody must have told Little Lord Fauntleroy that there would be no help from the generals if they were forced to keep his unqualified personnel appointments in national security positions.

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

UPDATE 12/2/17:

That may not be the reason at all. We have, since the Special Prosecutor investigation into Trump collusion with Russia to win the US presidency, just seen the plea deal Mike Flynn made with Mueller, and found Ms. McFarland in the middle of it.

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