Robert Harward confirmed Thursday night he did not accept President Trump's offer to become the next national security adviser. Harward, a retired vice admiral who once served as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command and is now a senior executive at Lockheed Martin, told The Associated Press it was "purely a personal issue. I'm in a unique position finally after being in the military for 40 years to enjoy some personal time." The Financial Times broke the story that Harward declined the position, with a person close to Harward saying he was "conflicted between the call of duty and the obvious dysfunctionality." Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, resigned on Monday after it was reported he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and the White House was warned by the Department of Justice he could be subject to blackmail.

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