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White House denies seeking to control national security advisor

A top aide denies that US President Donald Trump is having difficulty filling the key post of national security adviser because of White House moves to politicize the office.

Trump, at his Mar-a-Lago getaway in Florida, is set to interview four candidates to replace Mike Flynn, the retired general who was ousted as national security adviser for deceiving Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to Washington.

Meanwhile, White House chief of staff Reince Preibus hits the Sunday television talk shows to push back at reports of disarray at the National Security Council, the president’s main forum for decision-making about issues of national security and foreign affairs.

On Fox News Sunday, Priebus is asked whether Trump is insisting that his controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon play a major role in the NSC, reportedly a source of concern to candidates for the national security adviser position.

“The answer to that is no,” Priebus says.

— AFP

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