It looks as though Vice Admiral Robert Harward will not be under consideration for the new national security advisor after all.
According to CBS News’, Harward has rejected the offer made by President Trump. This denies the administration of a top candidate just days after Trump fired Michael Flynn.
Sources stated that Harward seemed to have a disagreement over the staffing of the Security Council.
It has also been confirmed by two sources that Harward demanded his own team, but The White House rejected that demand.
It is also being told by a source close to Harward that he rejected the job because The White House seems chaotic at the moment.
That suggestion has been dismissed as hearsay by Oklahoma Republican, Senator James Lankford, who says that the idea of the White House being chaotic is what led to rejection is false.
In a statement, Harward stated, “”Since retiring, I have the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position. Like all service members understand, and live, this job requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week focus and commitment to do it right. I currently could not make that commitment. My thoughts and prayers are with those that carry such heavy burdens and responsibility for taking care of our country’s national security concerns. God bless this great country of ours.”
In regards to the disagreement, a Senior Republican stated, “I wouldn’t call it a disagreement as much as questions that could not be resolved to his comfort level.”
Harward, is a former Navy SEAL, who also happens to already be familiar with the role of security advisor and the National Security Council. From 2003-2005, which was during George W. Bush’s administration, he had worked in the NSC’s counterterrorism office.
A senior administration official made a statement that the White House isn’t having issues filling the position and the administration is in the process of reviewing other candidates in order to make a final decision.