At least 10 names being discussed to replace John Bolton
The White House is currently discussing potential candidates to replace John Bolton as national security adviser after he was ousted Tuesday, with at least 10 names being circulated at this time, several sources told CNN.
While President Donald Trump said he would make a decision "next week," there does not appear to be a short list at the moment. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters Tuesday that Charles Kupperman, who was Bolton's deputy, will serve as acting national security adviser until a replacement is picked.
But in the short term, these are the individuals who have been mentioned as possible candidates:
Jack Keane, retired four-star general: Keane has informally advised the President on matters of national security, including negotiations with the Taliban. But while his name has surfaced in discussions among White House officials, a source familiar with Keane's thinking told CNN he would not accept the job if asked, and doesn't expect to be offered the post after turning down the Secretary of Defense job twice.