Trump may send HR McMaster to take over the command in Afghanistan

Aug 04, 2017, 00:13
Trump may send HR McMaster to take over the command in Afghanistan

"He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward", The White House official said about McMaster's attempts to focus the NSC.

Apparently, new White House chief of staff John Kelly is unable to stop the war, or is siding with McMaster against Bannon. "Sometimes he drives me nuts", Trump said this week, according to a White House official.

"Kelly backed firing of Kushner ally Ezra Cohen-Watnick to make it clear HR McMaster, not Jared/Bannon, has control of NSC hiring", Thrush tweeted, citing sources close to Cohen-Watnick's firing.

Cohen-Watnik survived another scrape, after it turned out he was involved in a midnight caper to secretly supply California Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with classified reports showing Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in an electronic surveillance of Russian agents by us spy agencies. McMaster, whose relationship with the president has been strained at times, has long wanted to remove the pro-Flynn hard-liners from his staff. Such a move could earn McMaster a fourth star.

The White House has engaged in a slow-motion purge of hard-line officials at the National Security Council in recent weeks, angering conservatives who complain that the foreign policy establishment is reasserting itself over a president who had promised a new course. But the White House officials told Circa that under the current congressional investigation, and given President Trump's ongoing concern that members of his team were unmasked, Rice's clearance should have been limited to congressional testimony only or revoked until the end of the investigation.

Michael Flynn to serve as the senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council, was sacked on Wednesday afternoon, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Additionally, top Obama officials continue to come and go in and out of the White House compound as they please. Last week, McMaster removed Derek Harvey, the top Middle East adviser on the NSC, from his post.

It was revealed on Wednesday in news reports that Rich Higgins, who served as director for strategic planning at the NSC, was sacked July 21.

On the alt-right side of things, Mike Cernovich has led a steady drumbeat against McMaster, creating the hashtag #McMasterFacts, along with an accompanying website criticizing the national security adviser.

In early April, reports emerged that Rice on several occasions requested the identities of "masked" USA persons in intelligence reports linked to President Donald Trump's transition and campaign.