Fleitz Named by President Trump as One of Five Finalists for National Security Adviser (The Hill, 9/17/19)

The Hill
September 17, 2019
By Morgan Chalfant

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President Trump on Tuesday named five finalists to replace former national security adviser John Bolton, a list that included Vice President Pence’s top aide on national security.

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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