After Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret) resigned from his position of national security adviser, a series of names were thrown out as possible replacements.
The man behind one of those names, Robert Harward, has reportedly turned down the offer to replace Flynn.
Harward is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, and currently works at Lockheed Martin.
The Hill reports that:
President Trump's pick to replace his former national security adviser Michael Flynn told the president he could not accept the position, according to reports Thursday.
Trump is working to convince retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward to change his mind after he turned down the position, Financial Times reported citing two sources familiar with the situation.
According to the Financial Times report, a source familiar with Harward's decision said he was concerned about whether the top advisers in Trump's administration would allow him to install his own staff on the National Security Council. Flynn's deputy, K.T. McFarland, told The Hill on Tuesday that Trump had “asked that I stay on.”
Other media outlets have confirmed the news:
President Trump has yet to make a statement on Harward or the reports that he is declining the job.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.