Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Trump asserts support for McMaster

Trump asserts support for McMaster

Retired Army Colonel Pete Mansoor, who worked closely with McMaster, told Politico that "there is a split in the White House between the Bannon camp of ideologues and the McMaster-Mattis-Tillerson camp of more centrist intellectuals".

In order to calm tensions, McMaster assured some aides on Thursday that their positions are safe.

Mr Trump had recently pondered a different role for General McMaster.

In an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt, Mr McMaster said Mr Trump has been "deeply briefed" on the strategy on North Korea.

Also gone is Derek Harvey, who held the Middle East portfolio at the NSC, and who also was an Iran hawk.

On Friday, Trump pushed back against pressure to oust McMaster, stressing their solid working relationship. The source spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump wants to deal with the China issue - McMaster doesn't. Both men, for instance, agreed that the Trump administration should certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran nuclear deal - a pivotal decision that Trump resisted last month despite concerns that not issuing the certification would infuriate USA allies and forfeit all current restrictions on Iran's nuclear program. The president's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, also gave his vote of confidence to McMaster, calling him "a true public servant and a tremendous asset for the president and the administration".

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The Times noted that Frank Gaffney Jr., president of the Center for Security Policy, had called McMaster "insubordinate to his commander in chief" in areas such as Islamic terrorism.

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.

Campaign loyalists and allies of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have been purged with increasing rapidity in recent weeks, and the battle for the NSC is developing by the day. "General McMaster is confident that Ezra will make many further significant contributions to national security in another position in the administration". "After extensive research, Harvey compiled a list of suspected leakers and reportedly delivered it straight to the president, who then took his list to McMaster". "He is a good man and very pro-Israel", Trump said in a statement Friday night.

McMaster's various moves have been noticed by Trump's base, with #FireMcMaster becoming a trending hashtag on Twitter, and a regular topic on conservative news sites - including Breitbart News.

The meeting grew stormy when Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, a Marine general, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war.

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