Just days after Steve Bannon was removed from the principals committee of Trump’s National Security Council, on Sunday the shakeup in Donald Trump’s closest advisory circle continued, when as Bloomberg reports, K T. McFarland was asked to step down as deputy National Security Advisor after less than three months on the job.
She is now slated to become a U.S. ambassador to Singapore, Bloomberg cited a person familiar with White House personnel moves. According to USA Today, the move is seen as a “promotion” because Singapore is a key U.S. ally. The paperwork on her ambassadorial nomination is still being worked out, it adds.
There had been questions about the future of McFarland, a former Fox News commentator, since the February dismissal of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, the retired three-star general who hired her. The departure of the 65-year-old former TV personality comes as Trump’s second National Security Advisor, Lt General H.R. McMaster, puts his own stamp on the National Security Council after taking over in February following the firing of Michael Flynn.
The shakeup may be seen as another victory for the “Goldman” team advising Trump: as Bloomberg adds, former Goldman Sachs executive Dina Powell remains as deputy national security adviser, and a second person will be named to that role.