Condoleezza Rice: Trump needs separate secretary of State, national security adviser

Former Secretary of State and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in a new interview expresses doubt at the idea of one person filling both positions at the same time.

The comments from Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, come after Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says he and Pentagon warned Russia against bounties on US troops in Afghanistan US blocking private charter flights to Cuba China's Confucius Institute designated as a foreign mission of Beijing MORE this week solidified his status as President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE's most influential adviser on foreign policy following the ouster of national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement Ex-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon MORE.

"I think maybe even Henry Kissinger would say that that might not be the best idea because the president needs a secretary of State who is the chief diplomat who is out executing on behalf of the country, who is confirmed by and accountable to the Congress,” Rice said in an interview with “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan set to air on "CBS Sunday."


Kissinger served in both positions under President Richard Nixon for two years before handing off the national security adviser role to Brent Scowcroft in 1975.

"The national security adviser has to be the president's alter ego, behind the scenes more. Working to bring all of the Cabinet secretaries together, making sure the defense is heard, the treasury's heard," Rice added in the CBS interview.

"And so if that person is also the secretary of state, you're not going to have that kind of separation that you need to make sure that everybody is heard," she added.

CBS reported that sources close to the administration said it was possible Trump could ask Pompeo to serve in the role of national security adviser following Bolton's ouster.

But Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday evening before leaving for a House GOP retreat that he does not plan to make Pompeo his national security adviser. 

“I actually spoke to Mike Pompeo about that and he decided – I get along with him so well, we have a lot of the same views, couple of different views – but he likes the idea of having someone in there with him," Trump said.

Earlier Thursday, Counselor to the President Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump hurls insults at Harris, Ocasio-Cortez and other women Trump and allies grapple with how to target Harris Conway: Harris is going to have to answer for marijuana prosecutions in California MORE had declined to rule out the idea of one person serving in both roles. Trump has said he will name a replacement next week from among five candidates.