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Ex-Navy Seal turns down Trump’s NSA director offer

Vice-Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be US President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing.

Harward said the Trump administration was “very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally.”

“It’s purely a personal issue,” Harward said Thursday evening. “I’m in a unique position finally after being the in military for 40 years to enjoy some personal time.”

Harward would have replaced retired General Michael Flynn, who resigned at Trump’s request Monday after revelations that he misled Vice-President Mike Pence about discussing sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the transition.

Trump said in a news conference Thursday that he was disappointed by how Flynn had treated Pence, but did not believe Flynn had done anything wrong by having the conversations.

Harward, a former Navy SEAL, served as deputy commander of US Central Command under General James Mattis, who is now defense secretary. Harward served on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush and commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Centre. (AP)

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