President Trump’s pick to replace his former national security adviser Michael Flynn told the president he could not accept the position, according to reports Thursday.
Retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward cited “financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position” in explaining his decision to decline the offer.
“Like all service members understand, and live, this job requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week focus and commitment to do it right. I currently could not make that commitment,” Harward said in a statement reported by CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Trump was reportedly “a bit surprised when Harward responded by saying he needed a couple of days to think it over,” according to Foreign Policy.