President Trump on Friday officially announced his intention to nominate K.T. McFarland to be U.S. ambassador to Singapore.
McFarland, a former Fox News analyst, currently serves as deputy national security adviser and assistant to the president. She was brought on to the National Security Council by former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who was fired by Trump for misleading the administration about his communications with a Russian envoy.
It was reported as far back as April 1 by CNN that McFarland would be Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in Singapore. A statement from the White House on Friday made it official.
"I am pleased to nominate K.T. McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore, one of America's great allies," Trump said in the statement. "While I am sorry to lose her, K.T.'s work in developing policies that put American interests first will have a lasting impact. She will remain an essential team member as she fulfills this new and important role."
National security adviser H.R. McMaster also praised McFarland for her "essential and steadfast leadership during this transition."
McFarland said she is "honored" by Trump's intention to nominate her. Once the nomination becomes official, it will be taken up by the Senate for confirmation.
"It's been an incredible experience to serve here in the White House during his early months in office, and now I'm looking forward to implementing his policy with one of our key allies in Asia," McFarland said. "I wish all my colleagues the very best, especially Lt. Gen. McMaster, and I look forward to continuing to coordinate closely with them from my new perch in Singapore."
Following McFarland's departure, the role of deputy national security adviser will be given to Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Ricky Waddell, the White House said.
Waddell became commander of the 76th Operational Response Command infantry in 2015. Among his duties will be organizing meetings and putting together a long-term strategy, according to an earlier Politico report.