President Trump just released his five finalists for the open position of National Security Adviser.
Trump runs the executive branch in a different manner than most predecessor’s favoring a more nimble operation.
Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he was considering, Robert O’Brien, Ricky Waddell, Gordon-Hagerty, Fred Fleitz, and retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg.
The media was guessing and they guessed wrong that Trump was favoring Richard Grenell the German Ambassador and Brian Hook.
O’Brien, who has a strong personal rapport with Trump, recently has appeared to emerge as a front-runner, according to two sources close to the White House.
Many insiders are unfamiliar with his policy leanings, however, and some suspect that Trump would not want to gamble after coming to regret the selection of early administration figures.
Waddell, widely viewed as low-key and even-keeled, is close to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is expected to play a leading role in the selection after reports that he was personally interested in filling the role — an option that Trump downplayed last week.
Gordon-Hagerty was not widely discussed as an option before Trump named her. She also leads the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Fleitz formerly worked as chief of staff to fired national security adviser John Bolton, but has maintained close links to the White House.
He previously was under consideration to become director of national intelligence, though there were questions about whether the Senate would confirm him.
Kellogg, meanwhile, is seen as a potential hands-off national security adviser — a job the comes with a prime corner office in the West Wing overlooking the White House driveway.