Kathleen ‘K.T.’ McFarland to leave White House role

Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Deputy National Security Adviser Kathleen "K.T." McFarland, who is expected to leave her post in about two weeks to possibly serve as ambassador to Singapore, listen to press secretary Sean Spicer during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on February 1. File Photo by Molly Riley/UPI

April 10 (UPI) — Kathleen “K.T.” McFarland is expected to leave her position as White House deputy national security adviser and may serve as ambassador to Singapore, administration officials said.

The 65-year-old former Fox News commentator’s departure comes as President Donald Trump‘s replacement for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster — exerts his control of the National Security Council, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

McFarland is expected to remain in the position for about two weeks before Trump submits her as a nominee for the ambassadorship to Singapore, a senior administration official told ABC News.

McFarland was a favorite of Flynn, who was removed for not telling the truth about conversations with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, and Trump, who liked her appearances on Fox News and developed a personal connection with her, Politico reported.

Last week, through a presidential memorandum, Trump removed chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, from the National Security Council’s principals committee and restored top U.S. intelligence officials as permanent members.


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