Trump says Pompeo won't be made national security adviser — and that there are now 15 candidates for the job
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the withdrawal from the INF Treaty. (AFP / Eric BARADAT)

On Thursday, President Donald Trump said that he does not intend to make Secretary of State Mike Pompeo serve as National Security Adviser — and added that there are 15 other candidates under consideration for the role:

Previous reporting from CNN had indicated that Trump was considering the possibility of making Pompeo do both jobs at once, partly because Pompeo has demonstrated reliable loyalty to the president's agenda.

Trump fired the previous National Security Adviser, John Bolton, earlier this week, following months of disagreement and frustration between the two over national security policy.