Trump’s pick to replace Flynn declines job

President Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, has turned down the offer. Zachary Goelman reports.

(Reuters) -The White House still reeling after U.S. President Donald Trump fired his National Security Adviser after just 24 days on the job, dealt another blow when the man Trump wanted for the role told him, ‘thanks but no thanks.’

Trump on Thursday saying the decision to dismiss former general Michael Flynn was made easier because he had a strong replacement in mind.

U.S. President Donald Trump, saying:

‘And I have, somebody that I think will be outstanding for the position. And that also helps, I think, in the making of my decision.’

Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward turning down the offer later that day.

Harward is a former Navy SEAL with over forty years of military experience and is a top executive at aerospace and arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

But sources telling Reuters the Harward wanted the freedom to appoint his own team to help him with the job.

That put him at odds with Trump.

A White House official saying Harward declined because of family and financial considerations.

The role of National Security Adviser vacant after Trump asked former general Michael Flynn to resign this week.

Flynn was embroiled in scandal due to phone calls he made with Russian officials where he discussed sanctions, calls that were intercepted by U.S. intelligence.

He appears to have mislead Vice President Mike Pence about subject of the conversations

The Washington Post reporting Thursday Flynn denied discussing sanctions when the FBI investigated the matter.

Lying to the FBI is a felony.

The decision of whether or not to prosecute Flynn will fall to the Justice Department, now under the sway of longtime Trump ally Jeff Sessions.

Harward turning down the offer of national security adviser coming just hours after Trump said,

U.S. President Donald Trump, saying:

‘this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.’

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