Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward is a 60-year-old former Navy Seal [Image: Reuters].

The Trump administration is really floundering now.

The former national security advisor has resigned in disgrace, and now the top candidate has refused to take the job, most probably because he didn’t like the team in place.

And the White House is saying it was due to “family and financial” commitments, which suggests Trump is now guilty of propagating the “fake news” he claims to hate so much.

His whole presidency – so far – reminds This Writer of something the late, great, Hunter S Thompson said about Nixon, years ago… that he was so crooked he needed somebody to help screw him into his trousers in the mornings.

Trump is weakening the United States. If somebody doesn’t straighten him out soon, who knows what will happen?

US President Donald Trump’s choice for national security adviser has turned down the job offer.

Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward was widely tipped for the post after Mr Trump fired Michael Flynn on Monday.

A White House official said Mr Harward cited family and financial commitments, but US media said the sticking point was he wanted to bring in his own team.

Mr Flynn had misled US Vice-President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the US.

The latest setback emerged hours after Mr Trump robustly denied media reports of White House disarray, insisting in a news conference that his administration was running like a “fine-tuned machine”.

Source: Robert Harward turns down Trump’s national security adviser offer – BBC News

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