Retired general and former CIA Director David Petraeus has reportedly pulled his name from consideration to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser.
According to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Petraeus’s name was floated for the role, but the White House was miffed by his concerns about staffing and independence.
Still reportedly on the short list for the position are acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg, a retired three-star Army general and Flynn’s chief of staff, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, and Army strategist Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
Petraeus said on Friday at a conference in Munich that anyone considering the job should have control over personnel and gain a commitment from the White House to have a disciplined process for crafting security policy.
President Trump, in Trump fashion, took to Twitter:
General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA – as are three others.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
The President is expected to announce Gen. Flynn’s successor this week on top of other pressing issues, on the one month old administration’s chopping block.
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