President-elect Donald Trump has selected Donald McGahn as his White House counsel and Kathleen Troia McFarland as deputy national security adviser as he continues to build out his administration.
Mr. McGahn was Mr. Trump’s campaign lawyer and is a former member of the Federal Election Commission. He is currently a partner at c, where he has specialized on political law issues.
His role in the Trump administration promises to be an important one as the incoming president determines how to handle possible conflicts of interest created by his global business interests. President Barack Obama said last week that he urged Mr. Trump to find a “strong White House counsel that could provide clear guideposts” on those business entanglements.
“Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity.”
Ms. McFarland, known as “KT,” is currently a FOX News national security analyst and worked in the Pentagon during the Reagan administration. She unsuccessfully ran for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in New York in 2006.
In her role, Ms. McFarland will work with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was named Mr. Trump’s national security adviser.
“She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe,” Mr. Trump said about Ms. McFarland.
Mr. Trump spent Friday at Mar-a-Lago, his beachfront resort in Palm Beach, Fla. He is expected to return to New York on Sunday and will resume meetings with potential administration appointments on Monday, said Sean Spicer, a Trump spokesman.
His meeting schedule on Monday includes former BB&T Corp. Chief Executive John Allison, who has been mentioned as a possible choice for Treasury secretary, and Paul Atkins, a former Securities and Exchange Commission member.
Mr. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence also will meet Monday with General Growth Properties Chief Executive Sandeep Mathrani; Kathleen White of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, who was a member of the Trump campaign’s economic advisory council; World Wide Technology chairman David Steward; U.S. Rep.Lou Barletta (R., Pa.); Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin; and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.