Pres.-elect appoints 2 KT McFarland, Donald F. McGahn
Nov. 26, 2016

Kathleent K.T. McFarland had been a Fox News Security analyst, also appearing regularly on Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs’ program.

Official transition press release from Friday, Nov. 25 follows:


WATCH: McFarland’s comments on Fox News about General Mattis and gives response to her potential job prior to the formal announcement.

(New York, NY) – President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his selection of Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland to serve as Deputy National Security Advisor and Donald F. McGahn to serve as Assistant to the President and White House Counsel.

“I am proud that KT has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team,” said President-elect Trump. “She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe.”

“The American people chose Donald J. Trump to lead them for a reason,” said Ms. McFarland. “He has the courage, brilliance and energy to Make America Great Again, and nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it. I’m honored and humbled that he has asked me to be part of his team.”

“In asking KT McFarland to become his Deputy National Security Advisor, President-elect Trump has brought to the top ranks of his Administration one of our country’s most experienced, informed, and wise foreign policy and national security experts” said Joe Lieberman, former U.S. Senator from Connecticut. “KT and General Mike Flynn will form a very strong leadership team at the National Security Council. Beyond KT’s professional skills, I can speak to her personal character strengths as well because I have known her as a family friend ever since she had the good judgement to marry Alan McFarland who was my classmate at college and law school. KT has great personal values. She is a woman of honor, compassion, and patriotism.”

“As a friend and colleague, I’ve watched KT’s depth of knowledge and understanding grow from her days as a college student on Dr. Kissinger’s White House staff to her work at the Pentagon during the Reagan Administration, to become one of our country’s most insightful national security analysts,” said Hon. Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane, President Reagan’s National Security Advisor.

Ms. McFarland is among the nation’s foremost national security experts and is currently serving as FOX News’ national security analyst.

Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations: as an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee staff senior speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and later Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

In 1985, Ms. McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Service Award, for her work in the Reagan Administration. She ran for New York’s U.S. Senate seat in 2006. The Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute named her Woman of the Year at the CPAC conference in 2015.

Ms. McFarland received a B.A. from George Washington University, a M.A. from Oxford University, and completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD program (all but dissertation) with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China, and the Soviet Union. Ms. McFarland is a senior policy fellow for the ACU Foundation Statesmanship and Diplomacy Center, a board member of the Jamestown Foundation, and a distinguished advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

In addition to adding Ms. McFarland to the national security team, President-elect Trump is also pleased to add Mr. McGahn as Assistant to the President and White House Counsel.

Mr. McGahn has a distinguished legal career that spans two decades. Mr. McGahn served as general counsel for President-elect Trump’s campaign and currently on transition and will continue providing expert advice and counsel in the Trump-Pence Administration.

“Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law,” said President-elect Trump. “He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity.”

“I am honored to continue advising President-elect Trump in the Trump-Pence Administration,” said Mr. McGahn. “President-elect Trump is a bold leader committed to draining the swamp in Washington and restoring economic prosperity and security. I look forward to serving the American public in this role.”

“Donald McGahn will make an excellent counsel to the president,” said Ed Meese, Attorney General and Counselor to President Ronald Reagan. “Throughout his distinguished career as a lawyer and government official, he has dealt ably with the intersection between politics, government ethics, and the rule of law.”

“The Counsel to the President needs solid Washington experience, but also a serious prior relationship with the President that allows for candor, and a practical understanding of how government agencies function. It also is enormously useful to have a working knowledge of government ethics and election law. Donald McGahn possesses all these attributes and can serve President-elect Trump well,” said C. Boyden Gray, White House Counsel to President George H.W. Bush.

Mr. McGahn is currently a partner at Jones Day in Washington, DC, and has specialized in political law, including government ethics. He has successfully counseled and defended a wide range of clients including federal and state candidates, members of Congress, national and state political party committees, nonprofits and trade associations.

Mr. McGahn served as a member of the FEC five years, during which he served as both chairman and vice chairman. He was named to the 2014 “Influencers 50” list in Campaigns & Elections magazine (November 18, 2013), and cited as “one of the most influential commissioners in the history of the FEC” and one with strong relationships on both sides of the aisle.

In addition, he served as general counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for nearly 10 years, where he counseled members of Congress regarding ethics.

Mr. McGahn earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Widener University.

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Trump card: Include Mexican immigration laws in U.S. policy

The “golden rule” of good foreign relations

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto gambled with Trump. The political benefits are huge for an unpopular politician.

With the myriad of charges of bigotry and xenophobia distorting Trump’s tough stance on immigration enforcement, it’s an ideal time for the campaign to pull out a Trump card on the subject.

In the spirit of cooperation and respect for our close southern ally, why not show the respect Mexico deserves by both endorsing and pushing a “Mexican style immigration plan” for the U.S.?

This would help fill out the 10 point immigration plan laid out in the Phoenix speech for more detailed transition team implementation. It would be based on taking the best of the immigration policy laws from not only our Mexican friends, but also the other Central American countries.

RELATED: Watch the press conference with Trump and Nieto

By laying out the solid points of the best parts of the Mexican laws regarding an alien coming to its country for a visit, a visa or wishing to become a citizen, as well as how to deal with those outstaying a lawful visit, the Trump administration would show a solidarity with our friends to the south.

It is one more step in cementing a lasting friendship and diplomatic ties between the new upcoming Trump Administration and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto which began on Thursday.

In the specifics of a Trump administration policy, for example on a tourist overstaying a visa, simply adding a fine for each additional day of overstay like Mexico would send a clear message. It would help the national debt a little bit, as well.

The fact of the matter is, despite the stupidity of political correctness in this country, that immigration laws vary little from nation to nation, including the U.S. It’s just that recent administrations refuse to enforce existing laws.

And of course, the education system is producing ignorance, so Trump’s team needs to really do much in terms of basic education of the citizens who never learned those things in the saboteurs of public education.

[Update: Sunday 9/4] We learned a great deal more about the conversation that went on in Mexico from Mayor Giuliani Sunday morning on CNN’s news program with Jake Tapper. Rudy indicated a commonality in Mexico also having a similar problem protecting its southern border from incursion of illegal immigration from Central American countries south of them. So, in the end, we might see President Nieto building a wall on the Mexican border and making Guatemala pay for it…

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Nieto’s future bright

Speaking of President Nieto, what an amazing coup he pulled off by inviting both U.S. Presidential candidates to speak and thus get an initial meeting with Trump. And his diplomatic wording during the presser was impeccable.

While Trump is a dirty word in Mexico and el presidente is being lambasted for inviting the billionaire candidate, some huge longer term benefits accrued for Nieto’s country, as well as his political future. Trump was in a position where he would have no other choice than to praise and work with Mexico to its latter benefit.

What we saw out of the meeting was the beginning of Trump’s upcoming Midas touch on the U.S. economy to spill over into our neighbors to the south, through a new North American alliance against the major economic powerhouse of China.

For Nieto to hook his political future, as well, to Trump is to not only bring prosperity to Mexico, thus relieving the desire of many Mexicans to jump the Trump wall, but also to seal a bright future for himself.

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Rush Limbaugh with his NY Gala “mic-gate” conspiracy has lost it

Perceived NY Gala slight of Ted Cruz without all the facts drops him to petty “Conspiracy Rush” mode.

It’s sad to see such a great conservative stalwart playing the buffoon in his last year of an overblown $400 million contract with hopelessly bankrupt iHeart media.

In his first hour today (Fri. Apr. 15), he takes up the torch for Ted Cruz again, complaining about the alleged great microphone conspiracy in the room at the New York Grand Hyatt GOP gala the previous evening. He spoke about how the speech was difficult to hear and ascribed a conspiracy involving much of the media and more specifically Fox News.

They all had to be in on it, he insisted.

The problem with all this is that the microphones were atrocious for Donald Trump and John Kasich’s speeches too. We tweeted out to that effect before Ted Cruz even spoke. You can hear the sound problems by going to the both replays of the Trump speech here and listening yourself.

Limbaugh has attempted to claim that he is a neutral observer to the GOP race during the Primary race. This perceived slight of Ted Cruz, and overblown conspiracy theory about it, tells anyone who cares to know how Limbaugh has become a “neutral” hypocrite.

Like the mainstream network anchors, who feed a pretend neutrality to the news, Limbaugh has picked up the tact and diminishing himself accordingly.

The Great Conservative separation

Ted Cruz has been perpetuating a myth during this campaign that he is the true conservative, that he is the only real conservative. Even though Mr. Trump has not always been a conservative, there is no room in the Cruz tent for someone who has not always been a conservative (at least for the lawyerly argument to knock down the competition). Is there room in the Cruz bible for Saul of Tarsus, as a Johnny-come-lately Christian?

Speaking of the Bible, does anyone else get reminded of the Pharisees and Saducees of Jesus’ time, boring the masses with rote recital in this case, with conservative dogma? There is little that Donald Trump has emphasized in speech after speech that would indicate he has not become a true conservative. And the strength in which he’s spoken about getting the debt down is/was unmatched among the 17 other filed candidates for Republican nominee for President.

Similarly, Limbaugh plays his little neutral game that as of late has often sounded like a monologue filibuster than any meaningful dialogue. He ridicules Trump supporters as “Trumpsters,” relegating even long time listeners to second-class status.

And, in the process of a full Trump vetting, Cruz never quite gets the treatment of past positions and flip flops in the Limbaugh world.

Why did he Cruz accept two big low interest loans from New York values banks, then fail to report them? What about Cruz’ defending the Communist Chinese in its Chinese Tire company copyright infringement/theft of a U.S. tire manufacturer’s patent and subsequent vote on a Senate bill to prevent China from being punished for currency manipulation?

Limbaugh has not been circumspect on the repercussions of a successful candidacy of Ted Cruz. Perhaps that is because Ted Cruz knows the conservative playbook by heart and is good at regurgitating it.

We can expect vicious bitter hatred from Limbaugh buddy Mark Levin towards Trump, but at least Levin is honest in where he is directing his dripping venom at his current object du jour of his contempt.

Limbaugh has been a stalwart in original thought and standing up against liberal and socialistic tendencies of society for so many years. It’s ashamed to see his time as a leading conservative spokesperson–one that ABC Radio Executive Ed McLaughlin took a chance on so many years ago–having run its course.

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Ann Coulter: Cruz still ineligible to be Prez per U.S. Constitution

While the campaign is in other realms right now, we thought we’d bring back to light an important question, one on which many conservatives held a view on the ineligibility of the status of the current President becoming an officeholder. The question now arises: Does the Constitution matter less when one agrees with the politics of the one whose ox is being gored?

Conservative columnist and attorney Ann Coulter has made it plain that, in her view, even if Ted Cruz won the Republican nomination for president, he would be ineligible to hold the office.

It concerns the eligibility to be President in the rule book.

Article II Section 1:
“No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.”

And it’s such a simple argument.

Or, as the NFL rules committee might put it: Two feet on Canada turf at birth hospital equals out of bounds for reception of Presidency.

It comes down to the words “natural born,” which, she argues, means that an eligible candidate must simply be born on this land. There is no question that Cruz is a citizen, that he can be a U.S. Senator, etc., but rather, this solely concerns eligibility requirements for the office of the President of the United States as put forth in the U.S. Constitution.

Oddly, in the radio interview above, talk show host Hugh Hewitt had no argument that Coulter was incorrect, though he disagreed with the assertion. His only point was that he, the <i>annoying one</i> Mark Levin and others disagreed with her. In fact, he cited one argument that he felt strengthened Coulter’s assertion.

Not just odd, but extremely odd. Disagree, but offer no arguments?

That’s not what one would expect from the brilliant mastermind of the triad and your host for that new series debuting this fall: Middle East name gotcha game.

RELATED: Ann Coulter’s column on Cruz’ eligibility

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Megyn Kelly tells ‘beautiful’ Trump story on E.T.

Meagan Kelly gives props to Trump’s family values

Need anyone say more? Watch the video and learn more about the person behind the public bravado.

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Ted Cruz may lose because of Iowa

The final score was 8 to 7 to 7… in an apportioned race

Feb. 2, ’16–The votes are counted, the delegates have been allotted.

For now.

But do we really even know who ultimately won?

There is only a shade of victory here and one that may not last. Ted Cruz’ won 8 delegates to Trump’s and Rubio’s 7 each. Ben Carson received three delegates and Rand Paul and Jeb (with no last name), one each.

Cruz' "Voter Violation" flyer courtesy

Cruz’ “Voter Violation” flyer courtesy article here

Most of the press has reported this event as if it were a winner-take-all affair. But unlike past Iowa Republican party rules, Iowa’s delegates are committed to vote for the candidate assigned to them in the first round. If no candidate gets a clear majority in that round, however, delegates are up for grabs.

So, first great news! Senator Cruz won a single more first round committed delegate than his two closest competitors.

And how did he obtain this victory?

Was it by cheating to send out an “official” mailer falsely reporting the voter and nearby neighbors’ voting records, implying they were somehow in “violation” of election laws?

The Republican Secretary of State said: “Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law.” (Full release here)

In any event, the attempt to scare or shame voters is not the tactic of a Ronald Reagan “conservative,” nor one carrying the Christian mantle on his sleeves for Iowan political advantage.

Rand Paul, with one delegate gained, came away skewering Cruz, including a Tweet mocking Cruz’ own voting record.

But the manipulation of the Cruz campaign wasn’t over.  During caucuses, where voters can be convinced to switch votes,  his campaign people  apparently played more dirty tricks to claim to Ben Carson voters that  he had decided to pull out of the race.

What other possible dirty tricks did Cruz and his campaign manager pull that we don’t yet know about?

And while Mr. Trump was passing on the Fox News debate last week, he set up his own event that raised $6 million for veteran’s causes. And he allowed two distant competitors, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee to speak at the competing event.

Alliance in the making?

Is this the beginning of a new pro-Trump, anti-Cruz alliance of those candidates (and others) who may not eventually not make it and come to know Cruz as a dirty trick politician?

Ultimately, if the Republican National Convention does not have a clear winner in the first ballot, are three or four delegates now going to shift to Mr. Trump in a theoretical second round ballot?

Mike Huckabee, it should be noted, expressed his own great objections to Senator Cruz’ form of campaigning, saying that Cruz would tell people in one event one thing and something else at another.

The ultimate conclusion of Iowa may become a lasting reputation of Ted Cruz to do or say almost anything for power.

No, it is not enough to say you’re “conservative.”

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