Flynn favorite McFarland to leave NSC

K.T. McFarland, the television pundit turned deputy national security adviser in the Trump White House, is leaving her post, according to a senior National Security Council official.

She will become the ambassador to Singapore, the official said, though it is unclear when she officially will depart to take the new post.

McFarland, whose appointment was controversial, was a favorite of Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who was ousted for not telling the truth about conversations with Russia’s ambassador. She was also a favorite of Trump, who liked her Fox News appearances and developed a personal connection with her.

But McFarland was a flashpoint in the national security establishment, where many believed she was not a good fit for the post and questioned her bona fides. She was a national security aide in the 1970s and a former candidate for senator in New York.

Gen. H.R. McMaster, the new national security adviser, did not want her to remain in the post and helped orchestrate the change.

Bloomberg News first reported the departure.

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