KT McFarland Becomes Donald Trump’s Deputy National Security Adviser

Former Fox News analyst previously served as an official in the Reagan White House

Last Updated: November 25, 2016 @ 5:24 PM

Donald Trump has made K.T. McFarland his deputy national security adviser, according to the New York Times.

The former Fox News analyst previously served as an official in the Reagan White House and unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in New York in 2006.

In 1985, McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A Fox News spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap that McFarland contract with the network was terminated.

According to the Times, McFarland has been highly-critical of President Obama’s approach to combat terrorism.

Trump and his team are currently in a debate about appointing a secretary of state, torn between Mitt Romney and Rudolph W. Giuliani, although the job could still go to someone else. The role is the most important foreign policy job in the administration, and aides to Trump have said that a decision will be made next week at the earliest.

Trump received a lot of heat when he appointed Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor earlier this month. Many were quick to point out that Bannon used to run Breitbart News, a website at the vanguard of the so called alt-right movement. The Anti Defamation League called Breitbart a “a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.”

The announcement didn’t sit well with various political representatives either. For example, California Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted, “Selection of Steve Bannon for senior WH role unsurprising but alarming. His alt-right, anti-Semitic, misogynistic views don’t belong in WH.”

A representative for the Trump campaign has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.