Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser in the latest blow to the administration.
Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward was widely tipped for the post after Mr Trump fired Michael Flynn on Monday.
He told The Associated Press that the Trump administration was “very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally”.
“It’s purely a personal issue. I’m in a unique position finally after being in the military for 40 years to enjoy some personal time,” stated the retired vice admiral.
A White House official said Mr Harward cited family and financial commitments, but US media said the sticking point was he wanted to bring in his own team.
He would have replaced Michael Flynn, who resigned at Mr Trump’s request on Monday after revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about discussing sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the transition.
On Thursday, Mr Trump said in a news conference that he was disappointed by how the retired general had treated Mr Pence, but did not believe Mr Flynn had done anything wrong by having the conversations.