A lot of attention has been paid to the appointment of Mike Flynn as national security adviser, but the appointment of KT McFarland as his deputy may be even worse. She seems to live in a constant fever dream of invented or wildly exaggerated threats and conspiracy theories.
At a political rally in June 2009, Donald Trump’s soon-to-be deputy national security adviser, K.T. McFarland, offered a jarring prediction.
China might cancel the Fourth of July, she said.
“They’re going to want something for their money. They’re not our sugar daddy,” McFarland told a tea party crowd in Times Square, referring to America’s more than $1 trillion in debt to Beijing. “So, 10 years from now, you might not have American Independence Day. … The Fourth of July might just end up being another day on the calendar.”
Unless voters “throw the bums out,” McFarland said, “we can all start learning Chinese.”
McFarland, 65, last worked in government three decades ago, as a public affairs official in Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon. In 2006, she mounted an improbable bid for Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate seat that ended in a GOP primary drubbing. She then became a paid commentator for Fox News, which people who know McFarland said was her springboard onto Trump’s team.
McFarland’s stock may also have been boosted by her friendship with her onetime boss, former national security adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has spoken to Trump several times.
“I have very high regard for her. Her knowledge of international affairs has developed in all the years I’ve known her,” Kissinger said in a brief phone interview. “She has a strong personality, but with great tact and personal skill, which is needed to handle the inherently complex relationships of a White House.” Kissinger said he recently met with Flynn and McFarland for two hours.
An endorsement by Kissinger should make someone a poison pill for any job in any administration. But this is typical of Trump. He picked her because he saw her on Fox News a lot. I guess we’re lucky — it could have been Snooki.