President Donald Trump tapped retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg to serve as acting national security adviser, elevating the man who served as the national security council’s chief of staff to the top role on a temporary basis.
Kellogg was in the running to hold the position full-time, as well as retired Gen. David Petraeus and former Vice Admiral Bob Harward, a source told CNN Monday evening
Here’s a few things to know about the three men who stand a chance to take the job:
Like Flynn, Kellogg is a three star former lieutenant general in the Army who retired and went on to serve in the Trump administration. He worked directly under Flynn serving as the council’s chief of staff for less than a month before the controversy over Flynn’s contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak forced Flynn out of the job and Kellogg into acting leadership of the council.
Before joining the Trump administration, Kellogg served as a foreign policy adviser to Trump during the campaign.
As more scrutiny draws on Kellogg, he is sure to face pushback for his roles in the private sector and the Iraq War.
Also like Flynn, Petraeus is a former military man who served for years before a major rise and fall under President Barack Obama.
Petraeus was one of the key military figures to codify the US’ counterinsurgency approach to conflicts in the Middle East. He became hugely popular for spearheading the military surge in Iraq to curb heightened violence in the late 2000s.
Petraeus led troops in Afghanistan before another major Obama administration switch-up resulted in Petraeus moving to lead the CIA.
In a stunning fall from grace, he resigned his position over an extramarital affair with his biographer. A Justice Department investigation accused Petraeus of sharing classified information with the woman whom he was having an affair with. He pleaded guilty and agreed to serve two years probation and pay $100,000 fine.
Unlike Flynn, Kellogg and Petraeus, Harward has served in the Navy.
CNN’s Jim Acosta, Sara Murray, Gloria Borger and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.