K.T. McFarland

K.T. McFarland withdraws nomination for Ambassador to Singapore

K.T. McFarland
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K.T. McFarland, President Trump's former Deputy National Security Adviser, withdrew her nomination for U.S. Ambassador to Singapore.

Why it matters: McFarland's chances of being confirmed stalled after an email revealed she knew about Michael Flynn's contacts with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, despite testifying to the Senate that she knew nothing of their communications.

McMaster reshuffles National Security Council

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Since replacing Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster has worked to wrest control of the National Security Council away from the nationalist wing of the administration, carrying out a series of high-profile staffing changes in the process.

The latest move: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the NSC, was shown the door today by McMaster, who, according to a White House official, decided that "a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward." The White House said that Cohen-Watnick will remain in another national security position in the administration.