Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump ready to fire NSA McMaster

Trump ready to fire NSA McMaster

Several media outlets have indicated that President Donald Trump is planning to remove National Security Adviser HR McMaster, although the White House is pushing back against the reports.

"General McMaster is a dedicated public servant, and he is here focused. on some really big issues - things like North Korea, things like Russian Federation, things like Iran", she said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a post on Twitter late Thursday that Trump and McMaster have a "good working relationship" and claimed there are "no changes" at the National Security Council.

Reports of McMasters removal from the NSC have been gaining ground especially after Trump rebuked him last month on his statement that Moscows interference in the 2016 election was "incontrovertible", following more than a dozen indictments from special counsel Robert Muellers office. "There will always be change", the President told reporters. "I want to also see different ideas".

This account of the tensions in the White House is based on conversations with more than a dozen officials inside the White House and familiar with West Wing deliberations, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal matters. It describes many officials being unsettled by the string of oustings, including the firing of Trump's personal aide, John McEntee, who was reportedly marched out of the White House on Tuesday. "He asked me to pass that message along to Gen. McMaster".

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The decision on McMaster is part of a broader reshuffle that the president is also considering and that may include top White House officials, the newspaper added.

Yet that candor, and McMaster's occasional slow-walking of Trump orders that the national security team thought ill-advised, made for some tense moments that provoked Trump to explode at McMaster.

McMaster has told aides that he would not return to the military, even if offered a fourth star. Kelly watched DeVos' interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS' 60 Minutes with frustration and complained about the secretary's apparent lack of preparation, officials said.

With a laugh, Trump said: "Who's next?". It's supposed to be about stability and continuity.

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