Flynn Deputy Was Asked to Step Down From NSC: Report
Insiders say McFarland will be reassigned as ambassador to Singapore
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
This Feb. 1, 2017, file photo shows then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, joined by deputy KT McFarland at a White House press conference.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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(Newser) – The deputy national security adviser praised as an anti-terror hardliner when she joined the Trump administration is being reassigned to a new role about as far away from Washington as it is possible to get, officials say. A source tells Reuters that former Fox News security analyst KT McFarland has been asked to step down and will be offered the role of ambassador to Singapore. The insiders say that McFarland, who was former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's deputy, is leaving as part of Flynn replacement HR McMaster's reorganization of the National Security Council.

Steve Bannon was removed from the NSC principals committee last week amid reports of a feud with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Sources tell Bloomberg that McMaster decided McFarland was not a good fit at the NSC, and Homeland Security Chief Michael Kelly agreed with the move. Former Goldman Sachs exec Dina Powell, who served in the George W. Bush administration, is expected to stay on as another deputy national security adviser.

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