A Newport native could be replacing a Middletown native as President Trump’s national security advisor, according to NBC Nes’ Peter Alexander.

NBC News’ Peter Alexander reported on Monday night that Bob Harward, a retired United States Navy SEAL and a former Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command, is the top choice to replace now former national security advisor Michael Flynn.  Alexander cites “White House Sources” as where he has obtained the information.

Update: February 15th – The Trump administration has offered the job of White House national security adviser  to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, multiple media sources have reported.

Michael Flynn resigned as national security advisor on Monday evening amid controversy over his communication with Russia.

Robert S. Harward was born in Newport, but grew up in Iran as the son of a Naval Officer (Huffington Post article written by Robert Harward).

Harward graduated from Tehran American School in 1974. After graduation from the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport he was awarded a fleet appointment to the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1979. Harward returned to Newport to attend the Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport with follow-on orders to the USS Scott (DDG-995).

According to The Huffington Post, Harward retired in November 2013 after nearly four decades of service. Starting in 2014, Harward began working as chief executive for Lockheed Martin United Arab Emirates, according to Bloomberg. He is in charge of all aspects of the company’s business interests in the country.

According to Time Magazine reporter Zeke Miller, outside of Bob Harward, the top contenders to replace Michael Flynn are Keith Kellogg and David Petraeus.

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