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.
FT: Vice Admiral Harward, Trump's choice to replace Mike Flynn as national security adviser, turned him down https://t.co/zC7u5nSiVi
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 16, 2017
This highlighted excerpt from the FT may explain why:
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 16, 2017
Or it could be that Harward, as shown in the above video, wanted his own team, and the WH nixed that idea.
From @MajorCBS: Harward turned down NSC post in a dispute over staffing security council. Harward demanded own team & WH resisted.
— Robert Gifford (@giff18) February 16, 2017
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.
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?