Trump to oust national security advisor


Trump to oust national security advisor

United States President Donald Trump has made a decision to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser.

While Trump liked to boast about "my generals" - a group that included White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and McMaster - the president did not develop a rapport with the national security adviser by many insiders' accounts.

News first reported earlier this month that the White House is preparing to replace McMaster. Since taking the position, McMaster faced criticism from some of Trump's nationalist supporters, who attacked him as a "globalist" who represented established thinking on national security.

On Tuesday, the President fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and told reporters at the White House he was near having his ideal team.

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.

"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians", Trump tweeted out on February 18.

The first one, Michael Flynn, was sacked weeks into his tenure in 2017 after misleading White House officials about his contacts with Russians.

Reports say that H.R. McMaster, whose ouster has been rumored for months, will leave once he has figured out his next move.

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The Post said the president did not want to rush to announce the removal so as not to embarrass the three-star Army general.

Tillerson's sacking came less than two weeks after Trump's top economic advisor Gary Cohn quit in protest against the president's decision to levy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Several candidates have emerged as possible McMaster replacements, including John Bolton, a former United States ambassador to the UN and Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council.

The president's first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, got forced out in February 2017 after misleading White House officials about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. He later pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about those meetings.