White House staffers who resign or are fired are often said to be leaving the job to spend more time with their family. In the case of deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland, she is leaving her current job to spend more time in Singapore.
In the wake of Steve Bannon’s departure from the National Security Council last week and the recent missile strike on a Syrian airbase, Bloomberg is reporting that deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland is being removed from the NSC. The changes reflect the new leadership of H.R. McMaster, who took over as National Security Advisor after the dismissal of Michael Flynn. McFarland was tapped for the NSC by Flynn and her dismissal is likely a part of McMaster assembling his own national security team.
Bloomberg’s source said that McFarland was not a good fit at the NSC and that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was also involved in the decision to dismiss her. Dina Powell, a former Goldman Sachs executive, will reportedly stay on as a deputy National Security Advisor. A second deputy will likely be appointed to replace McFarland.
Kathleen Troia (K.T.) McFarland was a member of the NSC staff in the 1970s when she served as an aide to Henry Kissinger. Afterward, she served on the Senate Armed Services Committee staff and worked in the Reagan Administration in several roles for Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. She ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in New York in 2006 and has since been a defense analyst for Fox News.
Bloomberg reports that McFarland’s next job will be ambassador to Singapore if she is confirmed by the Senate. The previous ambassador, appointed by Barack Obama, left the post in January after Donald Trump’s inauguration.