Trump is still hoping to secure the services of Hardward even though he has turned down the role
Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, who spent 37 years in the US military, sensationally snubbed the chance to join Trump’s administration, claiming family and financial reasons were behind his decision.
The opportunity came after Trump asked Michael Flynn to step down on Monday following accusations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence over his dealings with the Russian ambassador to the US.
Harward, a senior executive at the Lockheed Martin defence and security company, turned down the job in part because he wanted to bring in his own team, according to sources close to the former soldier.
This was made difficult by Trump’s assertion that Flynn’s deputy, K.T. McFarland, should stay.
Trump is believed to have been referring to Harward when he described having an “outstanding” candidate ready to replace Flynn, but the President will now have to find another suitable replacement after Harward rejected the offer.
He also shed more light on the reasons behind Flynn’s resignation, claiming the retired lieutenant general had not told Pence the whole truth about his discussions with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian envoy to the US.
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Trump told reporters: "The thing is, he didn't tell our vice president properly, and then he said he didn't remember.
“So either way, it wasn't very satisfactory to me.”
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Trump is reportedly still hoping Harward will change his mind and accept the role, given his reputation as a well-liked and effective candidate.
Harward served under Defence Secretary James Mattis during his long military career
In opting to turn down the security role, Harward snubbed the chance to work alongside Defence Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis for the second time in his career.
Harvard served as Mattis’ deputy when he was the Commander of United States Central Command.
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