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Offer to take the post of adviser to the President for national security received Vice-Admiral of the United States Robert Harvard. He will replace Michael Flynn, who left the post after reports of his talks with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak
Vice-Admiral Robert Harvard received an offer to take the post of adviser to the President for national security, reports Reuters, citing two sources in the White house.
The news Agency does not have the information agreed whether Harvard should accept the offer.
Earlier, on February 14, as an Advisor to the U.S. President for national security has gone Michael Flynn. He left his post after numerous publications in the American press about his telephone conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, during which he presumably discussed the question of cancellation of sanctions against Russia.
Sam Flynn after his resignation, said that during the conversation with Kislyak’s “not crossed the line”, didn’t make promises to revise the us sanctions. The topic of conversation with the Ambassador, according to Flynn, was the fate of 35 of the Russian diplomats, which Barack Obama at the end of December 2016 deported from the United States.
Flynn also expressed concern about leaks of classified data to the press. “In some cases we are talking about information that was made outside of the classified system and then sent to journalists. It’s a crime,” he said.
According to TV channel NBC in December, FBI agents tapped telephone conversations of dubious and Mike Flynn, however, nothing wrong in them not found. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov confirmed the fact of conversation, but said that “in the rest of the information is wrong”.
Retired Vice Admiral U.S. Navy Robert Harvard is closely connected with defence Minister James Mattis. During the Iraq war Mattis held the position of commander of the Central command of the US Navy, and Robert Harvard was his Deputy.
From September 2001 for six years, the candidate for the post of adviser to trump led joint interagency task force South. In addition, Harvard has participated in several campaigns in the Persian Gulf and in Iraq as commander of the operational group of the U.S. Navy, and was responsible for overseeing the conduct of U.S. army units in Afghanistan
In the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush Harvard was part of the national security Council, was a consultant for defense and strategies at the National center for combating terrorism (NCTC). From 2011 to 2013, Harvard was the Deputy commander of the Central command of the armed forces of the United States After leaving the army in 2013, according to the Associated Press, Harvard, headed a division of Lockheed Martin in the UAE.
Occupying a critical position in relation to Russia, US Senator Lindsey Graham called the candidacy of Harvard “outstanding choice,” reported the Washington Examiner.
The position of Advisor to the President for national security does not require approval in the U.S. Senate.