November 25, 2016 U. S. President-elect Donald Trump named Kathleen “KT” under McFarland as his deputy national security adviser on Friday. Last week, Trump picked retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser. Both Flynn and McFarland have been controversial critics of President Barack Obama’s stances on Islamist extremism.
Kathleen McFarland is a Fox News analyst known for her strident opposition to many of the Obama administration’s national security policies. In September, 2014 after the Islamic State or ISIS beheaded two American journalists, McFarland’s criticism of President Obama’s lack of reaction as having his head in the sand. Previously, McFarland had an unsuccessful run for the New York Senate in 2006 (for the seat held by Hillary Clinton), and served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Ronald Reagan and as an aide in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. McFarland also served as an adviser to Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council from 1970-76.
In a statement on Friday, Donald Trump said:
“I am proud that KT has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team,” the President-elect said in a statement. “She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe.”
Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for national security adviser first made the announcement Friday on Twitter.
“So proud & honored to have KT McFarland as part of our National Security team. She will help us #MAGA,” Flynn tweeted from his verified account, using a hashtag that is an acronym for Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again.”
Flynn, one of the most respected military intelligence officers of his generation was the only national security figure of his rank and experience to publicly align himself with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Flynn has become very controversial is recent years for falsely claiming that Democrats in several states voted to impose Shariah law at the state and local level. Sharia law is the religious law governing the members of the Islamic faith and not the law in any U.S. state.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."