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Conway says Trump considering 'five-plus' candidates to replace Bolton, doesn't rule out Pompeo for the job

Posted On: Sep 12, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Conway says Trump considering 'five-plus' candidates to replace Bolton, doesn't rule out Pompeo for the job

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday confirmed President Donald Trump is considering "five-plus" candidates to replace former national security adviser John Bolton, and did not rule out the possibility that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could take over the role's responsibilities. “It wouldn't be unprecedented,” Conway told Fox News, referring to Henry Kissinger's occupation of both offices for two years under former Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. “Under that scenario, I would call that five-plus, as the number of candidates,” she continued. “But clearly, secretary of state has the president's ear and his trust, and has been making great strides in implementing the president's agenda around the globe, and he will continue to be a very important, strong voice here as America's top diplomat.” Conway suggested that even if Pompeo does not assume leadership of the National Security Council from his perch at the State Department, he will play an outsized role advising the...

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