President Trump will ask K.T. McFarland to step down as deputy national security adviser and serve instead as ambassador to Singapore, giving National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster a chance to pick his own lieutenant, two administration officials confirmed.
McFarland's departure from the National Security Council comes amid rumors President Trump is planning a broad staff shake-up.
Mr Flynn was forced to resign in February over his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, prior to Mr Trump taking office on January 20. McFarland‚Äôs impending move was confirmed Sunday, April 9, 2017, by a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn‚Äôt been made public.
Candidate Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland debates against John Spencer for the republican Senate nomination, on the campus of Pace University in NY on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006.
Ms Powell joined the White House to work with Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka on women's empowerment issues.
"This is not as significant as it appears, I think", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked why he pushed for Bannon to be removed from his role on the NSC. She previously worked for three Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. McFarland's exit also follows last week's removal of Steve Bannon, Mr. Trump's chief strategist, from the NSC's Principals Committee.
The senior White House official said the changes were not in response to the recent controversy linked to the NSC.