President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly working through the holiday weekend in an effort to fill out his White House team. Trump named Kathleen Troia "K.T." McFarland as his deputy national security advisor, his transition team announced Friday. While McFarland's former gig as a Fox News analyst may have some younger voters questioning her experience, her resumé boasts positions in three different presidential administrations.
In announcing his decision to tap McFarland for his administration, Trump emphasized the 65-year-old's experience. "I am proud that KT has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team," Trump said in a statement released by his transition team. "She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling."
In 2006, McFarland waded into the politics of elected office with a failed attempt to unseat the-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. McFarland was defeated in the state's Republican senate primary by former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer. During the campaign, questions were raised as to the accuracy of some of the claims McFarland had made about her career achievements.
Although McFarland has been highly critical of President Barack Obama's national security policies as a contributor and analyst for Fox News, she's also recently acknowledged Trump's lack of experience and background in the area. "Foreign policy, national security, defense is not the president-elect's skill,” she said last week on Fox News. "He didn't come into the job with a lot of experience and background in it but in talking about the issues, he gets right to the core."
While McFarland is more experienced than some of Trump's other Cabinet appointments, her appointment may also prove to be far less controversial than that of her future boss. Critics have questioned the extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric, rumored unstable temperament, and background in lobbying for foreign governments of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who Trump has tapped as his national security advisor.
Correction: A previous version of this post suggested that McFarland held a current position at Fox News but her contract with the network was terminated following her new appointment. Bustle regrets this error.