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Trump's pick for National Security Adviser refuses offer: Financial Times

Robert Harward served as deputy commander of the US Central Command under the current secretary of defence, James Mattis. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 16, 2017, 11.58 PM (IST)

US President Donald Trump's pick for the position of National Security Adviser, Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has refused the offer, according to a report in the Financial Times.

President Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has turned down the offer, a senior White House official said on Thursday. (WION)

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The report said that Harward was concerned whether Trump's advisers will let him install his own team at the National Security Council. Robert Harward served as deputy commander of the US Central Command under the current secretary of defence, James Mattis.  

Harward was offered the job after Michael Flynn was fired as the National Security Adviser by Trump after he misled the Vice-President, Mike Pence, about his conversation with the Russian envoy to the US.

Following a more than 30-year military career, Harward became chief executive of defense giant Lockheed Martin's United Arab Emirates division.

After spending more than 30 years in the military, Howard became Lockheed Martin's United Arab Emirates' chief executive.

CNN reported that a friend of Harward claimed that the retired vice admiral was reluctant to accept the offer because the White House "seemed so chaotic", and that he called Trump's offer a "shit sandwich".

But Republican senator James Lankford rejected the suggestion that supposed White House chaos caused Harward to reject the offer, calling it "hearsay". 

(WION)

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