Deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland dodged on Sunday when asked whether President Trump plans to name her as the U.S. ambassador to Singapore, saying only that “there are changes coming.”
McFarland’s status in the Trump administration has been in question following the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, who reportedly chose her for the job. Flynn resigned in February after misleading Vice President Pence and the public about his conversations with a Russian diplomat.
“The president and I have had a number of conversations over the last two months, really, about what my role would continue to be and where I could be best used for what his vision is of foreign policy,” McFarland told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “So I can tell you we talked about it again last night and there are changes coming, but I’m not going to tell you what they are. You’ve gotten enough secrets out of me this day.”
When Wallace pressed McFarland about whether she will be reassigned after the shake-up, she said Trump selected her for the position, not Flynn.
“First of all, President Trump hired me, and he gave me a call on Thanksgiving Day to ask me to be the deputy national security adviser,” McFarland said.
McFarland, who is close associate to Flynn, said that she helped McMaster during his transition.
“I won’t pack my bags to visit you in Singapore quite yet,” Wallace told McFarland.
Rumors have been swirling that Trump will tap McFarland to be redeployed and serve as the U.S. envoy to Singapore, but no public announcements about a nomination for the post have been made yet.