David Petraeus Reportedly Pulls Out of Consideration to Lead National Security Council

Retired general and former CIA Director David Petraeus has reportedly pulled his name from consideration to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal Friday, Petraeus’s name was floated for the role, but the White House was miffed by his concerns about staffing and independence. It’s not clear how seriously he was being considered.

Still reportedly on the short list for the position are acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg, a retired three-star Army general and Flynn’s chief of staff, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, and Army strategist Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

The Washington Examiner reported that Kellogg, Bolton and McMaster will meet with Trump separately at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this weekend to discuss the position, citing an administration official.

Former Army Chief of Staff and retired Gen. Ray Odierno is also believed to be under consideration, according to the Journal.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made a pitch for Bolton to get the position to CNN earlier Friday.

Flynn resigned from his post after reports that he misled White House officials about discussing sanctions on Russia with the country’s ambassador to the U.S. before Trump took office.

Trump’s top pick to fill the seat was retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, who turned down the job, citing “financial and family issues.”

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SOURCE: The Hill, Brooke Seipel