Trump taps Keith Kellogg for National Security Council post

Trump taps Keith Kellogg for National Security Council post
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE has appointed retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as National Security Council (NSC) chief of staff, expanding the reach of generals in the new administration.

Kellogg advised Trump throughout his presidential campaign and has been floated as a possible member of the incoming White House.

He'll be one of the president-elect's top advisers on national security issues, serving under retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who will lead the NSC, and K.T. McFarland, a former Fox News host and White House aide who will serve as Flynn's deputy.

"I am honored to not only be a part of this historic administration but also to be serving with General Flynn and KT McFarland, who are widely respected as some of the most experienced and strategic national security minds,” Kellogg said in a statement.

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Kellogg spent more than 30 years in the Army, serving late in his career in a key post in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He also worked in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office before his retirement and later went on to work for defense contractors.

He's the fourth retired general to join the administration. Trump selected Flynn to lead the NSC, as well as Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department and Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security.

The announcement Thursday came along with the appointment of Monica Crowley to serve as the NSC's senior director of strategic communications.

Crowley, who most recently served as a Fox News analyst, had worked as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon after he left office.