President-elect Donald Trump announced plans to name K. T. McFarland, an aide to three Republican White Houses and a frequent Fox News commentator, to the position of deputy national security adviser.
Ms. McFarland, like Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the president-elect’s choice for national security adviser, has been highly critical of President Obama’s approach to combating terrorism, saying he has not acknowledged the threat that global Islamism poses to Western civilization.
A senior adviser on the Trump Transition Team confirmed the choice of Ms. McFarland earlier today. Aides to Mr. Trump and his Transition Team have said a decision on Secretary of State and other post may not come until next week at the earliest.
Ms. McFarland, who will not require Senate confirmation, previously worked for the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. From 1970 to 1976, she was an adviser to Henry A. Kissinger on the National Security Council. She also ran unsuccessfully in a 2006 Republican Senate primary race for the seat held by Hillary Clinton.
Many Democrats and Replublicans see Ms. McFarland as a solid choice.