The Washington Post reported Friday, that President-elect Donald Trump named a former Reagan administration official to his national security staff and a prominent election lawyer as White House counsel. Trump continues to round out his cabinet for his forthcoming administration. Those picked Friday are Kathleen “KT” McFarland, a former Fox News analyst who has openly opposed many of President Obama’s national security policies. She will serve as deputy under National Security adviser designee Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and fierce critic of Obama’s stances on Islamist extremism.
Trump also named Donald F. McGahn, a veteran election lawyer as the White House counsel. McGahn has been Trump’s campaign lawyer and an unofficial liaison to the Washington establishment that Trump spent much of the campaign opposing. He will become the president’s personal lawyer and is influential in shaping policy. McGahn is not the average Trump appointee. McGahn has been a lifelong libertarian, known for his long hair and for being in a rock band. McGahn has been working to loosen regulations on campaign spending by day.
Trump spoke about his choices, which do not have to pass Senate confirmation, saying that, “I am proud that KT has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team.” He also stated, “She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling.” McFarland served on the National Security Council during the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations and has been a national security analyst and contributor for Fox News since 2010.
McGahn is credited as one of the people most responsible for loosening regulations on campaign spending, helping to enable the corporate electioneering against which Trump defined much of his candidacy. McGahn has served 10 years as counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Ellen Weintraub, a Federal Election Commission member who often tangled with McGahn on the commission, said of McGahn’s selection as counsel: “In some ways, he’s not a surprising choice for a Trump administration. He’s a total disrupter like Trump.”
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