Published: Sat, March 17, 2018

White House Denies Reports McMaster Is Being Removed

White House Denies Reports McMaster Is Being Removed

Sources have told the Washington Post that President Trump has made a decision to remove Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, and is already discussing potential replacements.

The Washington reported late Thursday evening that President Trump was seeking a potential replacement for the three-star Army general.

"Everybody's going to leave the White House sometime", McMaster said, laughing.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - who has himself been the subject of departure rumours - is said to be "eager to see McMaster go".

NBC News' Peter Alexander pressed her further, citing Trump's own comments this week indicating further staff turnover: "We're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want". "I want to also see different ideas". On Wednesday, he named conservative TV analyst Larry Kudlow to replace his top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, who quit over trade disagreements. She said the president told her he has no intention of firing him.

This account of the tensions in the White House is based on conversations with more than a dozen officials inside the White House and familiar with West Wing deliberations, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal matters.


U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and national security adviser H.R. McMaster walk to board Marine One departing from the White House en route to Miami to annouce his Cuba policy, in Washington D.C., the United States, on June 16, 2017.

In recent weeks, McMaster played a central role in responding to messages from South Korea about North Korea's willingness to meet with USA officials.

The meeting reflects the depth of McMaster's involvement on the North Korea issue that will be a central focus for Trump over the course of the coming months.

Kelly, amid a number of reports of White House chaos and staff shake ups, reportedly tells the president "no" too often for Trump's liking.

"General McMaster is a dedicated public servant, and he is here focused. on some really big issues - things like North Korea, things like Russian Federation, things like Iran", she said.

Some in the White House have been reluctant to oust McMaster from his national security perch until he has a promotion to four-star rank or other comfortable landing spot, aides said.

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