Robert Harward Rejects Trump's Offer To Become Next National Security Advisor

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Update: With Bloomberg's third report, it now appears confirmed that Harward is officially out:

Robert Harward, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to become national security adviser, officials said, just days after the resignation of Michael Flynn following revelations he misled administration officials over his contact with Russia.


Harward, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin United Arab Emirates, who served on the National Security Council under former President George W. Bush, informed Trump Thursday about his decision not to take the job, according to the two administration officials, who requested anonymity because the offer wasn’t made public.

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Robert Harward, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to become national security adviser, officials said, just days after the resignation of Michael Flynn following revelations he misled administration officials over his contact with Russia.

Harward, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin United Arab Emirates, who served on the National Security Council under former President George W. Bush, informed Trump Thursday about his decision not to take the job, according to the two administration officials, who requested anonymity because the offer wasn’t made public.

It has been a day of turmoil for President Trump, who after finding himself on the defensive following Monday's resignation by Mike Flynn (which may or may not lead to legal charges) and allegedly getting snubbed by Vladimir Putin, now has another potential crisis on his hands: according to both the FT and CBS, Trump's pick for National Security Advisor, Robert Harward - Lockheed Martin's CEO for the UAE - has turned down the President's offer, citing "obvious dysfunctionality" in the administration.

According to the FT, it is not yet a complete rejection as "Trump is trying to convince his preferred candidate to succeed Michael Flynn as national security adviser to change his mind after the retired admiral tapped for the role told the US president that he could not accept the White House position."

Mr Trump asked Robert Harward, a retired navy special forces officer to succeed Mr Flynn, who was fired as national security adviser on Monday. At a press conference on Thursday, he said his decision to replace Mr Flynn had been made easier because he had an “outstanding” candidate to serve as a replacement.


But Mr Harward is said to have turned Mr Trump down. “Harward is conflicted between the call of duty and the obvious dysfunctionality,” said one person with first hand knowledge of the discussions between Mr Trump and Mr Harward. The second person said Mr Trump had asked Mr Harward to return to the White House for another meeting to try to change his mind.

As the FT adds, "one of the people familiar with Mr Harward’s decision said he was concerned about whether the top advisers around Mr Trump would allow him to install his own staff on the NSC — particularly after suggestions that KT McFarland, Mr Flynn’s deputy, had been asked to remain. When he was offered the position, Mr Harward had told Mr Trump that he wanted some time to think over the idea."

A separate report by CBS gives the courting process more closure, stating that "Robert Harward turns down Trump's offer to be new national security adviser."

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has rejected President Trump’s offer to be the new national security adviser, CBS News’ Major Garrett reports.


Sources close to the situation told Garrett Harward and the administration had a dispute over over staffing the security council.


Two sources close to the situation confirm Harward  Harward demanded his own team, and the White House resisted. Specifically, Mr. Trump told Deputy National Security Adviser K. T. McFarland that she could retain her post, even after the ouster of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Harward refused to keep McFarland as his deputy, and after a day of negotiations over this and other staffing matters, Harward declined to serve as Flynn’s replacement.

Should Harward's position remain unchanged, it would mean that Trump may have no choice but to turn to David Petraeus:

One of the other contenders for the job was David Petraeus, a retired general who was widely respected, but fell from grace during his time as head of the Central Intelligence Agency for passing secret information to his mistress. The final candidate was Keith Kellogg, a retired army general who had served as chief of staff to Mr Flynn on the NSC and who is serving as the interim head of the inter-agency body.

While it remains to be seen if Harward is indeed out, it is troubling if suddenly Trump can not even find willing and qualified candidates to fill the gaping holes among his top security advisors.

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wren's picture

He needs to start throwing people in jail for leaks, members of the former administration who committed crimes, etc. Until they are jailed, they will continue to destroy any attempt he makes to fix the issues. Also, the Fed needs to go!

roadhazard's picture = lol

Bay of Pigs's picture

Yeah, and roadhazard = auto junk

New England Patriot's picture

"a retired navy special forces officer"


FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) New England Patriot Feb 16, 2017 7:10 PM


philipat's picture

I'm sure that Mr Harward is a fine upstanding citizen and that the Millions he is now making having only just gone through the revolving door as CEO for Lockheed Martin in UAE did not influence his decision in the slightest...

eatthebanksters's picture

Something is fishy about this article.  Also, Harward, as a military guy, would never say that he is not taking the job because of 'dysfunction' in the administration.  

Here's the real story:

beemasters's picture

If Flynn had been Ivanka, Donald would have fought much harder keeping him.

barndoor's picture


nmewn's picture

"If" true (because thats always a big IF with old line "media sources") Trump will just plug in another just like him.

No biggie really.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) nmewn Feb 16, 2017 8:16 PM

The bitch withdrew his name today after listening to the presser where Trump again said 5 yr ban on lobbyists and lifetime ban on foreign lobby.

BabaLooey's picture


If it were to those terms by the MSM.............

But nooooooooooooooooooooooooo.....................

It has to be something else...........

Trump's right. Fuck the cabal of asshats pretending to be the "press".

Keyser's picture

More fake news based on anonymous sources... You cannot believe any of the media these days...

jeff montanye's picture

while this does not look particularly good for trump, and is likely part of a plan to impeach him, there is a certain flushing out and fracturing the support of the clandestine services that does my heart good.  they don't belong in a democracy.  they are a necessary evil in time of war which isn't or shouldn't be all the time.

let's try peace for a while.

sanctions off russia and the one state solution in palestine.

bluez's picture

It's DSM, not MSM. Deep State media.

Zorba's idea's picture

that i believe is most plausible..left military for MIC $$$

monk27's picture

The guy was just another MIC shill. I mean, he's working for Lockheed Martin, right ? Here's a chance for Trump to find somebody better...

jeff montanye's picture

so totally right.  trump ran in many ways an unconventional campaign.

i would like to see an unconventional administration.

in a good way.

bluez's picture

And... he's now working for Lockheed Martin, main contractor for the F-35, the price of which Trump has been bargaining down.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) nmewn Feb 16, 2017 9:21 PM

It doesn't take courage to join the most powerful army in the world.

It takes courage to go against them.

All this military worship is bullshit.

It is the true hero, that as an regular citizen, defends his own country.


Beowulf55's picture

...and for Betraus to be even considered for the position he will have to tell everything he has done for Hillary like when he helped her kill Stevenson in Bengazi.

petar's picture

Trump The Clawn giving Fake hope and not real solutions to the angry white country man.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Oh well. Harwood looks like a psycho bastard to me, so it's probably for the best.

ebworthen's picture

"If you can't stand the heat..."

What a fantastic Press Conference.


Memedada's picture

Winning? Winning what? Trump is nothing but hopium for the “Tea Party”-segment/affiliated.

Suddenly former self-described “opposition” have become “cheerleaders” of the state.

And all who questions the authority of the Trump-administration (and ALL administrations before him) are automatically “pro-Obama” or “liberal/progressive”.

The US political landscape is designed to give no way out. It is designed to keep status quo in relation to who holds the power and who gets the privileges.

Trump only challenges the agenda of the deep state in relation to tension with Russia. The question is if it’ll bring Trump down – if it’s important enough for  the deep state (and especially of course the MIC-part of it) to escalate war/tension with Russia/China/Iran/Syria.

It might be and if it is Trump will loose. All the other policies Trump has proposed are irrelevant, symbolic or (more often) in line with the agenda of the deep state.

What are Trumps policies on the “monetary system”? “Free/independent medias” = not owned by the same corporations that have bought the political establishment? Electoral reforms – one man one vote, transparent (non-Diebold) voting systems, plural political parties etc.? Bail-outs/-ins – past, present and planned?


jeff montanye's picture

considering how long the neocons have been vetting the u.s. government, even appointees, if trump wants to retain kt mcfarland with her neocon roots as deputy, he needs a more unconventional and perhaps less connected to d.c. person as his head of the department.

Mzhen's picture

Ivanka could whip your butt.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mzhen Feb 16, 2017 8:53 PM

Screw Ivanka and the Jew husband who recruited her.

Trump is captive by Ivanka and her husband.

I am going to make alternative plans.

These two demons are going to take America down and Trump is too invested in this goofy princess

to conduct business.

The rest of the government is sucking satanic jew dick and has been for 100 yrs.

 The Jews will get the oven in 2025 for real this time.

But you have to have a plan to survive until then, go Mad Max.


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Chris Dakota (not verified) WillyGroper Feb 16, 2017 9:18 PM

The balls are in the slots, all of them.

epic time

WillyGroper's picture

i'm trying to learn your language.

fear i'll have trouble interpreting grammar & syntax tho.

epic or epoch?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Chris Dakota Feb 16, 2017 9:22 PM

The Trump and Eeeevanka Pom Pon girls are here.

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wanglee (not verified) Chris Dakota Feb 16, 2017 11:12 PM

Not only democrats rigged Primary to elect Clinton as presidential candidate last year even though she has poor judgement (violating government cyber security policy) and is incompetent (her email server was not secured) when she was the Secretary of State, and was revealed to be corrupt by Bernie Sanders during the Primary, but also democrats encourage illegal immigration, discourage work, and “conned” young voters with free college/food/housing/health care/Obama phone.

However middle/working class used their common senses voting against Clinton last November. Although I have not been a republican and didn’t vote in primary but I voted for Trump and those Republicans who supported Trump in last November since I am not impressed with the “integrity” and “judgement” of democrats, Anti-Trump protesters, and media who donated/endorsed Clinton during presidential election and they’ll work for globalist, the super rich, who moved jobs overseas for cheap labor and demanded middle/working class to pay tax to support welfare for illegal aliens and refugees who will be globalist’s voters.

Cashing in: Illegal immigrants get $1,261 more welfare than American families, $5,692 vs. $4,431 (
DEA Report Shows Infiltration of Mexican Drug Cartels in Sanctuary Cities (
Welfare Discourages Work(
Hillary Clinton Says Bernie Sanders's “Free College” Tuition Plan Is All a Lie (
UC Berkeley Chancellor: Hillary Clinton ‘Free’ College Tuition Plan Won’t Happen (
Bill Clinton Impeachment Chief Investigator: I’m ‘Terrified’ of Hillary because we know that there were “People” who “Disappeared” (
Former FBI Asst. Director Accuses Clintons Of Being A "Crime Family" (
FBI boss Comey's 7 most damning lines on Clinton (
Aides claiming she “could not use a computer,” and didn’t know her email password– New FBI docs (
23 Shocking Revelations From The FBI’s Clinton Email Report (
DOJ grants immunity to ex-Clinton staffer who set up email server (
Former House Intelligence Chairman: I’m ‘100 Percent’ Sure Hillary’s Server Was Hacked (
Exclusive — Gen. Mike Flynn: Hillary Clinton’s Email Setup Was ‘Unbelievable Active Criminal Behavior’ (
Clinton directed her maid to print out classified materials (
Obama lied to the American people about his secret communications with Clinton(
Former U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft: FBI didn’t ‘clear’ Clinton (
When the Clintons Loved Russia Enough to Sell Them Our Uranium (
Wikileaks: Clinton Foundation Chatter with State Dept on Uranium Deal with Russia (
Russian officials donated $$$ to Clinton Foundation for Russian military research (
The largest source of Trump campaign funds is small donors giving under $200 (
How mega-donors helped raise $1 billion for Hillary Clinton (
Final newspaper endorsement count: Clinton 57, Trump 2 (
Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash (

S Spade's picture

stuff it ahkmed, keep your rants in your sharia sh!tholes

jeff montanye's picture

silver in pails and portfolios?

certainly hope you are wrong about 2025.

some zionists need the pen certainly by then though.

should have, could have been by 2002 or 2009 at the latest.

might be by 2017 or 2019, if we're lucky.

all-priced-in's picture

I would pay Ivanka to whip my butt -



Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) all-priced-in Feb 16, 2017 8:45 PM

I would pay to have 2 minutes with her to say

You betrayed Jesus to marry this traitor Jew, you guilt tripped your father due to divorce for your own gain.

You bitch, this is about America, not about your brand, your life, yourself.

You were lucky to ride this train first class, now shut the fuck up and back off!

Mr.Sono's picture

You are one sick mofo Chris. You need to chill.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mr.Sono Feb 16, 2017 9:24 PM

Trump is another psyops, and it works because you are such a coward you won't fight for yourself or your country.

you post shit, act tough and follow a loser who spends his time watching TV and seeing who has the best ratings.

Thank God I don't know you.

Now fuck right off.

Zorba's idea's picture

Trump is an outsider to the corrupt establisment in DC. Cleaning up the crap that has accumulated over several decades has left little to collaborate with.  Harward schmarwood...find a true patriot that has not been swallowed up by the MiC, who is truly commited to serving the best interest of the country.  Trump has a mountain to climb and should stand a little taller in the saddle and step around all the cowpies the whores in the establishment press drop everyday adinfinitum.  All the rest of the internet attack chat on the POTUS of merely 26 days are just mousefarts that appear breifly than vanish within the galactic internet...that includes yours.

eatthebanksters's picture

Y'all know Chris Dakota is actually MDB off his meds, right?

bluez's picture

I have known some "nice people" who happened to be born Jewish. Very nice, really. In America, their parents program them to "go to school" and climb the social ladder. Last I heard, you don't get to choose your parents. They do start out life playing with those scary dreadle toys, and being indoctrinated with the "chosen" meme.

all-priced-in's picture

That would only take 15 seconds to say that - then what - smoke a cigarette?









y3maxx's picture

-Prolly Harward has something to hide.

lie_to_me's picture

Conceivably likes pizza and hot dogs. 

White Willie's picture

Its time for your dirt nap beemasters

TheLastTrump's picture

CBS News is the real story? That was slick.