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President Trump is expected to interview four candidates for NSA adviser on Sunday


The Trump administration has been scrambling since last Monday to replace former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, after he resigned from the position after holding it for just 24 days. But, on Sunday, President Trump is expected to interview four candidates to replace Flynn. 

Three of them are military veterans and one is a former United Nations ambassador, the New York Times reported.

According to a White House spokesman, Trump is set to speak with Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist; Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., the superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point; Keith Kellogg, the current acting national security adviser; and John Bolton, a former ambassador whose name also floated around for secretary of state.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that others might also be considered, but that retired general and former CIA director David Petraeus was not in the running.

News of the likely interviews come after Vice Admiral Robert Harward declined the posting. 

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.

"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."

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