Trump to oust national security advisor McMaster

Trump to oust national security advisor McMaster

Trump to oust national security advisor McMaster

As my colleague Gabe Sherman reported this week, Trump has chose to oust National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, meeting with ultra-hawkish former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as a potential replacement.

A top aide said Tillerson did not speak to the president before his firing was announced and was not given a reason for his dismissal.

The US President, who fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, is already said to be considering replacements for the three-star Army general.

A move to replace McMaster would come as the Trump administration faces weighty decisions on a range of global issues, including whether to abandon the multinational nuclear deal with Iran and how to confront North Korea over its nuclear missile program.

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McMaster, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the 1991 Persian Gulf campaign, joined the administration a year ago after Trump dismissed his predecessor, Michael Flynn, for lying to Vice President Mike Pence. The president is enjoying the process of assessing his team and making changes, tightening his inner circle to those he considers survivors and who respect his unconventional style, one senior White House official said.

Trump took to Twitter to share the development, saying: "Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State".

On Wednesday, Trump named conservative TV analyst Larry Kudlow to replace his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, who quit over trade disagreements with the president. As a result, "the mood inside the White House in recent days has verged on mania, as Trump increasingly keeps his own counsel and senior aides struggle to determine the gradations between rumor and truth". This came up more than two weeks after Trump told lawmakers that the National Rifle Association has "great power over you people, they have less power over me". She said Trump had indicated that no changes were coming.

It's also possible that the President delays firing McMaster in an attempt to disprove reports in the media, one source familiar with Trump's thinking said.

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Mr McMaster is not expected to be ousted immediately, the Post reported. Officials said McMaster has been sidelined in some internal discussions, with Kelly taking on a more active role in foreign policy decisions, because of the personal tensions.

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