Trump's Pick to Replace Flynn Turns Down the Gig

Sources say Ret. Vice Admiral Bob Harward called job a 's*** sandwich'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2017 6:47 PM CST
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Sources say Ret. Vice Admiral Bob Harward, President Trump's pick to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser, has turned down the role, calling the gig a "s*** sandwich," CNN reports. A friend of Harward's says he was turned off by how messy things currently seem in the White House. According to CBS News, Harward, who formerly served under Defense Secretary James Mattis, also butted heads with the Trump administration over staffing. Sources say he wanted his own team and specifically wanted to ditch Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland. But Trump told McFarland she would stay on in the position. (Read more national security adviser stories.)

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