On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he is adding K.T. McFarland to the position of deputy national security advisor. McFarland, who has served as an aide to three White House administrations, was an advisor to Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council and endorsed Donald Trump from very early on in his campaign. Most recently, McFarland has worked as a Fox News National Security Analyst and contributor. General Michael Flynn, who has been appointed to lead the national security team, praised the latest decision to add McFarland as deputy.
McFarland threw her support behind Donald Trump very early on and said that Trump would “throw the bums out, drain the swamp, revitalize our economy and reclaim the mantle of global leadership.” McFarland was at Trump Tower with General Flynn on November 18, the day he received the offer for national security advisor. She was also one of the people tasked with preparing Donald Trump for all three Presidential debates against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s will be the fourth administration McFarland will have worked for after previously serving in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations. She was a Pentagon spokeswoman and principle deputy assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1984. In 2006, she also ran in the Republican primaries for a NY Senate seat that was held by Hillary Clinton at the time.
Sixty five year old McFarland will not need Senate confirmation to officially accept the role.