Politics Trump sought to block Pence pick for key national security post: report

01:50  16 april  2018
01:50  16 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Hill President Trump reportedly tried to prevent Vice President Pence from appointing his chosen national security adviser, citing the staffer's past opposition to Trump's candidacy.

Axios reported Sunday that Trump was upset when he learned Pence was hiring Jon Lerner to advise him on national security and foreign policy. Lerner currently serves as a deputy for United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The Washington Post reported last Thursday that Pence hired Lerner, and that Lerner would continue to work with Haley despite his new role advising the vice president.

Prior to joining Haley's team in the Trump administration, Lerner advised the super PAC supporting Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) 2016 presidential campaign.

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As for the White House, the Trump team has yet to name a national security advisor for Vice President-elect Mike Pence and other key posts , officials told FP.

He also worked as a pollster with the Club for Growth, a conservative group that ran anti-Trump ads during the 2016 campaign and has at times been critical of the president's policies.

His past roles bothered Trump, Axios reported, citing three sources. He questioned why Pence would hire Lerner, and told chief of staff John Kelly to block the move.

The White House reportedly learned of the hire as Pence was traveling to Peru for the Summit of the Americas. After the vice president landed, he spoke to Trump and reassured him of Lerner's qualifications, Axios reported.

Pence is in South America for the gathering of leaders of the Western Hemisphere after Trump announced last week he would no longer attend. The White House said Trump would remain in the U.S. to coordinate a response to the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Pence's addition of Lerner to his national security team comes as Trump's new National Security Adviser, John Bolton, reshapes his team as well.

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On Monday morning, Michael Flynn Jr., the son of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, tweeted something very, well interesting. "American Patriot @GenFlynn did not lie to Pence (or anyone else in the admin) about his perfectly legal and appropriate conversations w Russian AMB Kislyak in Dec 2016," Flynn Jr. tweeted. "Why would a highly decorated military intel officer lie about something legal? Been a MSM lie from day 1.

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