September 17, 2019
By Morgan Chalfant
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump said the top candidates are Fred Fleitz, Bolton’s former chief of staff and a former CIA analyst; former deputy national security adviser Rick Waddell; Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, the undersecretary for nuclear security at the Department of Energy; Army Gen. Keith Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser; and Robert O’Brien, special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department.
… Fleitz served as Bolton’s chief of staff and left the administration in October to rejoin the neoconservative think tank Center for Security Policy. He is a former CIA analyst who worked under Bolton during his days at State during the George W. Bush administration. Fleitz was also said to be considered as a potential candidate for director of national intelligence, for which Trump has not yet announced a permanent nominee.
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