(RNN) - Retired Vice Admiral Robert "Bob" Harward Jr. reportedly decided against becoming President Donald Trump's national security adviser, the job Michael Flynn resigned from amid charges that he offered misleading information about his contacts with Russia, according to the Associated Press.
Harward expressed concern about the freedom to select his staff, according to media reports.
Harward, a defense contractor executive, was a Navy Seal and is a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command under Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general. Under President George W. Bush, Harward, 60, served on the National Security Council.
While Harward's father, a Navy captain, was an adviser to the pre-revolutionary Iranian military, the teen-aged Harward learned Persian and graduated from Tehran American School in 1974. A Rhode Island native, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979.
He commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq over six years since Sept. 11, 2001, his official Navy biography notes. After retiring from the Navy in 2013, Harward went to work for Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense giant.
Flynn, in his resignation letter Monday, said he had given Vice President Mike Pence and others "incomplete information" about his calls to Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
Before Trump's inauguration, Flynn, then a private citizen, apparently discussed with Kislyak sanctions President Barack Obama had imposed against Russia after U.S. intelligence officials decided that Russia had conducted a cyber campaign designed partly to help Trump win the presidency.
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