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In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, Jan 6, 2011. Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. A senior White House official said Feb. 16, 2017, that Harward had turned the offer down due to financial and family commitments. (Sgt. Shawn Coolman/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

The search for Trump's national security advisor continues


[UPDATE] Feb. 17, 2017 at 9:31am | President Donald Trump Friday morning may have found his replacement national security advisor.

Trump tweeted that retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, who is currently serving as Acting National Security Advisor under the Trump Administration following the resignation of Michael Flynn, is "very much in play for NSA."

He added that he is also considering three other candidates for the job.

Here is the tweet where Trump mentions Keith Kellogg as potential NSA.

[Original story]

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down President Trump's offer to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser, the Associated Press reported. Harward said the administration was  "very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally."

"It's purely a personal issue," Harward said Thursday evening. "I'm in a unique position finally after being the in the military for 40 years to enjoy some personal time."

The search for Trump's national security advisor continues

WATCH | Former navy seal Robert Harward has rejected Trump's offer to head the NSA.

Two sources close to the situation confirmed to CBS News that Harward demanded his own team, but the White House resisted. Harward reportedly refused to keep Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland. Trump promised McFarland she could keep her post.

After a day of negotiations, Harward ultimately decided to withdraw his name.

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