In the fallout from retired General Michael Flynn’s resignation as head of the National Security Administration, speculation is rife on who else within the Trump Administration is on the hot seat. Some say it’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Others say it may be General Flynn’s next in line: former Reagan Administration staffer K.T. McFarland.
K.T. KcFarland is best known to Americans as a Fox News security and energy analyst following her years serving in Republican administrations. She took the position as Flynn’s second in command when it looked like the security hawk and Obama Administration whistleblower would be a force for improved U.S. – Russia relations. Now, The New York Times is reporting that McFarland will most likely leave her post citing a close friendship as the primary reason.
Flynn resigned amid a media frenzy of anxious reports of what he might or might not have communicated to his Russian counterparts in phone conversations prior to the incoming administration. Some reports claim he outright lied to Vice President Michael Pence regarding the content of the conversations. Others claim that the frenzy smells of a set up with holdovers from the Obama Administration setting it in motion via contacts in the mainstream media. Flynn, for his part, resigned so quickly that National Security staffers reportedly learned of his departure through news reports.
One person close to the administration, who was not authorized to discuss the personnel moves and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that retired Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward is the leading candidate to replace Mr. Flynn, although Mr. Kellogg and David H. Petraeus are being discussed. It was not clear whether Mr. Petraeus is still expected to appear at the White House this week, as initially discussed by advisers to the president.
Mr. Flynn’s concealment of the call’s content, combined with questions about his management of his agency and reports of a demoralized staff, put him in a precarious position less than a month into Mr. Trump’s presidency.
That is the mainstream media narrative, and they are sticking to it. How this changes the Trump Administration’s approach to the Russian influence tale has yet to be made clear.