You’ve probably seen K.T. McFarland on Fox News before – and now you’ll be seeing her in Donald Trump’s administration.
McFarland currently serves as a national security analyst on Fox News. In the past she had an unsuccessful run for the New York Senate (for the seat held by Hillary Clinton), and served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Ronald Reagan. She had also worked for the Nixon and Ford administrations, and served as an adviser to Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council from 1970-76. Now, as the New York Times just reported, her next gig will be as Trump’s Deputy National Security Adviser.
President-elect Donald J. Trump on Friday named K. T. McFarland, an aide to three Republican White Houses and a frequent Fox News commentator, to the position of deputy national security adviser, as he continues to fill his foreign policy staff with aides who have hard-line views on the fight against terrorism.
Ms. McFarland, like Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the president-elect’s choice for national security adviser, has been highly critical of President Obama’s approach to combating terrorism, saying he has not acknowledged the threat that global Islamism poses to Western civilization.
One key appointment may be taking more mindshare however at Trump HQ.Ms. McFarland’s selection comes as Mr. Trump and his team remain locked in a debate over appointing a secretary of state, the most important foreign policy job in the administration. Aides to Mr. Trump have said a decision on that post may not come until next week at the earliest. The dispute centers on whether Mr. Trump should select Mitt Romney or Rudolph W. Giuliani for the cabinet position. It remains possible, Mr. Trump’s advisers said, that the job could go to someone else, like Gen. John F. Kelly, a Marine who led the United States Southern Command under Mr. Obama.
Personally, I (Matt Palumbo) don’t understand why Trump would ever pick Romney for a position, given that Romney constantly criticized Trump during his campaign, and didn’t even vote for the man. It’s telling that Romney’s attitude has only seemed to change when he realized he could get a job out of Trump.
But as they often say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]