Two Named to Trump’s National Security Team

WASHINGTON (CN) – President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday a Fox News contributor and a retired general will join his national security advisory team.

Monica Crowley, who has appeared on Fox News off and on since 1998, will serve under Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, Trump’s transition team announced Thursday.

Crowley worked with President Richard Nixon as a foreign policy assistant and communications director in the 1990s and has written two books about the former president. In addition to appearing on Fox, Crowley is the host of “The Monica Crowley Show” on radio.

“I am deeply honored, humbled and grateful to be asked by the president-elect to join the extraordinary national  security team he is assembling,” Crowley said in a statement. “With vision, courage and moral clarity, he is committed fully to re-establishing America’s singular place in the world. He is also committed to selecting the best people for the jobs of keeping the American people safe and the country secure. It will be a great privilege to serve with them.”

A spokeswoman for Fox News confirmed the network terminated Crowley’s contract after her appointment.

Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, a retired Army officer who was involved in rebuilding Iraq after the United States invaded the country during the Bush administration, will serve as the National Security Council’s chief of staff and executive secretary.

Kellogg was a member of Trump’s foreign policy advisory team during the campaign and in August called Trump’s plan to block people who do not “believe in our Constitution or who support bigotry and hatred” the  “beginning of a new dialogue.”

“The United States is an exceptional country and these are two exceptional individuals who have agreed to fulfill the president-elect’s pledge of putting America first once again,” Flynn said in a statement. “I am honored to have General Kellogg and Dr. Crowley on the National Security Council team.”

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