Monday, 22 October, 2018

Trump ready to replace HR McMaster as national security advisor

Trump takes on McMaster. Again. Trump decides to oust national security advisor
Ellis Copeland | 16 March, 2018, 10:53

USA president Donald Trump has made a decision to sack national security advisor HR McMaster, in what would be the latest in a string of high-profile White House departures, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The Post said the president is "now comfortable" removing McMaster, but is taking his time in announcing the decision so as to not humiliate the Army lieutenant general and to ensure a smooth transition.

Two White House officials said Trump might want to keep McMaster in the job until after a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is planned for May.

The two have never gotten along, and Trump continues to chafe at McMaster's demeanor when he briefs him, feeling that he is gruff and condescending, according to a source who is familiar with Trump's thinking.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had much to say when reporting on breaking news President Donald Trump will soon replace his second national security adviser - but was left speechless upon learning the criteria behind one of his potential replacements.

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They also said the administration was considering replacing McMaster last fall, but hesitated because appointing a third national security adviser in less than a year would not reflect well on Trump.

Mr McMaster's predecessor, Michael Flynn, was ousted past year. Trump earlier this week fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and the fourth highest-ranking official at the State Dept., who issued a statement contradicting the White House's description of how and when Tillerson was terminated.

As recently as March 8, the White House denied reports that McMaster was on his way out, with spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declaring on "Fox & Friends" that "General McMaster's not going anywhere". The newspaper said possible candidates to fill the post include former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, and National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg.

Sources with knowledge of McMaster's standing in the White House have repeatedly said that he has been on thin ice for months. "Contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC".

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