K.T. McFarland, who worked in the Reagan administration under Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, will serve as deputy national security adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, multiple news sources reported Friday.
McFarland was until recently a national security analyst for Fox News. She will work under Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who Trump selected as his national security adviser.
After Trump’s election, McFarland noted that she was a “foot soldier” in the Reagan administration and would be happy to be one for Trump as well.
“I put him smack dab in the middle of where Ronald Reagan was,” she said, speaking about Trump’s foreign policy.
“Have a strong military, but you don’t use it. And you have such a strong military that nobody picks a fight with you,” McFarland said. “But then if they are dumb enough to do it, then you respond.”
Reaction to the choice among conservatives was overwhelmingly positive.
So proud & honored to have KT McFarland as part of our National Security team. She will help us #MAGA
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) November 25, 2016
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 25, 2016
KT is first-rate. https://t.co/O3YDCsad1s
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 25, 2016
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) November 25, 2016
Prior to the election, McFarland had supported Trump, saying he would “throw the bums out, drain the swamp, revitalize our economy and reclaim the mantle of global leadership.”
“Nobody thinks American foreign policy in the last 15 years has been a success,” McFarland wrote.
“Our adversaries, and even some of our allies, think we’re a spent power, mired in decadence, self-indulgence and smug self-satisfaction,” she wrote.
McFarland, who worked in the Nixon and Ford administrations, was an adviser to Henry Kissinger from 1970 to 1976.
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