National Security

McFarland to Leave Deputy NSA Role, Will Be Nominated as Ambassador to Singapore

Deputy NSA K.T. McFarland / Getty Images

K.T. McFarland is expected to leave her position as deputy national security adviser in preparation to be nominated as the U.S. ambassador to Singapore. A senior administration official confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that McFarland would remain as deputy national security adviser for two weeks before President Donald Trump will nominate her to her new role.

McFarland, a former Fox News commentator, was welcomed to the National Security Council by former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Her departure is perceived as part of a larger shake-up of the National Security Council by current National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

McFarland will be the third official to leave the NSC, following Flynn's resignation in February and the removal of Senior Counselor to the President Steve Bannon on April 5.

According to the official interviewed by ABC, McFarland is excited for the new position, and was well-reviewed by Lt. Gen. McMaster. The same official said that the move was considered a "promotion" for McFarland to a "critical diplomatic outpost."