Allen B. West

Petraeus OUT; here’s who’s in the running NOW to head National Security…

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Sadly, the race to fill President Trump’s cabinet and other top jobs is beginning to feel like another sequel to The Hunger Games. “Tribute” candidates are lined up, only to be quickly dispatched with ugly efficiency — either that, or they simply pull themselves out of contention to avoid the bloodletting.

Trump has had two candidates for Secretary of the Army bow out — and that spot is still open.
As Col. West wrote here last week, there are some 60 director and undersecretary positions still unfilled.

But heck, Trump can’t even get someone to head National Security. After Michael Flynn’s untimely exit, other names have been floated, including retired Army General John Petraeus.

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Of course Petraeus is sadly no stranger to scandal himself, and would no doubt have been raked over the coals for his past indiscretions.

However, there’s another name floating to the surface that some had thought might have even been a good candidate for Secretary of State.

Per the Daily Caller, Former Amb. John Bolton is back in the running to replace former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The remaining final candidates for the position also include Retired Lt. Gen Keith Kellogg and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus was said to be on President Donald Trump’s original shortlist, but pulled himself from the running out of concern he would not be able to have full control over national security decision making in the White House.

These same concerns led Retired Adm. Robert Harward to reject Trump’s offer Thursday, who insisted he would only take the job if he had full control over his own staff. Harward did not want former Fox News contributor K.T. McFarland to remain as his deputy, a request the White House denied. Harward was also concerned about political involvement in the National Security Council (NSC), specifically from White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and senior adviser to the president Stephen Miller.

Yikes. Sounds like a bit of hornet’s nest.

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]

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