Vice Admiral Robert Harward Nixes Trump Offer of National Security Adviser.

by Kim Quade on February 16, 2017

Yesterday President Trump offered retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward the position of National Security Adviser, replacing Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

It didn’t last long.

According to the Financial Times, Harward just turned down the job.

This highlighted excerpt from the FT may explain why:

Or it could be that Harward, as shown in the above video, wanted his own team, and the WH nixed that idea.

That’s too bad. Harward is one impressive guy. Enlisting in the Navy right out of high school, he eventually graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and rose through the ranks, becoming a SEAL and eventually becoming their top commander. He’s a close friend of General Mattis, and is dragging no personal baggage, unlike General David Petraeus.

FILE PHOTO: Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, in this January 6, 2011 handout photo. Sgt. Shawn Coolman/U.S. Marines/Handout via REUTERS

But I can’t blame him. Whether it be the current dysfunctionality of the Trump White House, or being denied the opportunity to form his own team, Harward no doubt weighed his options carefully before deciding that working with the Trump WH is a bit too daunting.

After all, even if you were a Navy SEAL, would you want to deal with a hostile media, a disorganized WH, leaky intelligence, and the likes of Steve Bannon?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

GWB February 17, 2017 at 5:23 am

I wonder if, at any point, Trump has relinquished control of building the Executive branch team to Pence? It might make a difference.

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parker February 18, 2017 at 12:44 am

GWB,
You may be on the bullseye,

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