Stephen Biegun Favored To Be Trump’s Next National Security Advisor
If you’re unfamiliar with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs position within the White House, you are probably not alone.
The APNSA, more commonly known as the National Security Advisor, is a senior aide to the President of the United States serving as an in-house advisor on national security issues.
The current National Security Advisor is Charles Kupperman, the acting NSA since September 10 when John Bolton was relieved of his duties by President Donald Trump.
However, the appointment of Kupperman is temporary and a new National Security Advisor is expected to be announced soon.
According to BetOnline, Stephen Biegun has the best shot of earning the appointment at +250 odds. Biegun, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea since August 2018, has held a number of security positions within the federal government, including executive secretary of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush.
Prior to Bolton’s appointment as NSA in 2018, Biegun was also being considered for the position. Biegun is also a top candidate to become the United States Ambassador to Russia.
Brian Hook has the second-best odds to become the National Security Advisor with +300 chances.
Hook has been the United States Special Representative for Iran since September 2018, previously serving as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the White House Chief of Staff’s office.
Richard Grenell, the current United States Ambassador to Germany, has +400 odds to serve Trump as the next Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
Grenell became the first openly gay spokesperson for a Republican candidate in 2012 as the national security spokesperson for Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. However, as the Ambassador to Germany, he consistently makes headlines for not remaining neutral in German political affairs and his narcissistic attitude.
After the top three candidates, the chances of appointment fall off significantly. Keith Kellogg and Matthew Pottinger share +700 odds, Douglas MacGregor has +800 odds, and Jack Keane has +1000 odds to become the National Security Advisor.
To compare all the possible NSAs, a list is provided below.
Who will be the next National Security Advisor?
- Stephen Biegun +250
- Brian Hook +300
- Richard Grenell +400
- Keith Kellogg +700
- Matthew Pottinger +700
- Douglas MacGregor +800
- Jack Keane +1000
- Ricky Waddell +1000
- Pete Hoekstra +1200
- Robert Kimmitt +1200
- Rob Blair +1500
- Robert O’Brien +1500
- Frederick Fleitz +1500
- Charles Kupperman +2000
- Paula Dobriansky +2500