White House denies security adviser HR McMaster is departing

04 March, 2018, 05:06 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster a three-star Army general is being shoved aside according to reports

White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah denied that any departure is imminent: "We frequently face rumor and innuendo about senior administration officials".

Several reports on Thursday floated potential replacements for McMaster, including Stephen Biegun, the vice president of global governmental affairs at Ford Motor Company; Safra Catz, Oracle's co-CEO; and John Bolton, the former USA ambassador to the United Nations.

Things seemed to have flared up between the two over the weekend after Trump publicly criticized McMaster over the remarks he made regarding alleged Russian election meddling.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster last month.

McMaster has always been rumored to be eyeing the exits amid reports of friction with President Donald Trump.

After taking over former national security advisor Mike Flynn's role-who was charged by the FBI for lying to federal agents past year during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation-McMaster sparred with Trump over national security rhetoric. Catz was on President Trump's transition team, and was previously mentioned as a potential Director of National Intelligence.

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White House officials insisted no move to replace McMaster is imminent.

News and others reported the story on Thursday, citing multiple sources. "Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the [former White House Chief of Staff John] Podesta Company!"

Military leaders are looking for an opening for him, with an eye toward a command in which he would receive a fourth star, a promotion from his three-star rank, said a former military official with knowledge of the Pentagon's efforts.

This summer, at a low point in their relationship, McMaster entered the Oval Office only to have Trump complain that he had already seen him that day.

Aides have discussed for some time an exit strategy for McMaster, who has clashed with Trump on policy matters, including Iran and Afghanistan strategy.

Sources with knowledge of McMaster's standing in the White House have repeatedly said that he has been on thin ice for months.


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