White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday that President Donald Trump has at least five people under consideration to replace national security adviser John Bolton, but did not rule out the possibility that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could take on a dual role to fill the position.
“It wouldn’t be unprecedented,” Conway said, noting that Henry Kissinger held both positions under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Conway also pointed out that Pompeo already has influence over the president’s thinking on national security matters and would certainly be speaking into the matter of who serves in Bolton’s place.
“I believe that Secretary of State Pompeo is doing an excellent job over at State and that he will, of course, have input into who the next NSC head is, as well,” she said. “But there are many people of diverse backgrounds, all solid candidates, I know first-hand the president is considering for that position.”
Trump said he would be naming Bolton’s replacement this week.
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