Trump nominates KT McFarland for Singapore ambassador

Trump nominates KT McFarland for Singapore ambassador
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE has nominated deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland to become ambassador to Singapore, the White House announced Friday.

”While I am sorry to lose her, K.T.’s work in developing policies that put American interests first will have a lasting impact," Trump said in a statement. "She will remain an essential team member as she fulfills this new and important role.”

Reports circulated last month that McFarland had been asked to step down from the National Security Council (NSC). She has been the rumored pick for the Singapore ambassadorship for over a month.


McFarland was tapped for the No. 2 job on the NSC in November, shortly after Trump's electoral victory. She served under former national security adviser Michael Flynn until his controversial ouster in February.

Flynn was eventually replaced by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.